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ERIC Number: EJ821616
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0165-0254
Poverty and Maternal Responsiveness: The Role of Maternal Stress and Social Resources
Evans, Gary W.; Boxhill, Louise; Pinkava, Michael
International Journal of Behavioral Development, v32 n3 p232-237 2008
One of the main reasons poverty is bad for children's development is because it reduces maternal responsiveness. This study addresses a heretofore unanswered question: why do low-income children experience diminished maternal responsiveness compared with their more affluent counterparts? In addition, we examine this question among a largely neglected population, young adolescent (M = 13.1 years), rural low- and middle-income, white children. These families all reside in small towns and rural areas in North America. The negative association between poverty and maternal responsiveness is mediated by the combination of heightened maternal stress and diminished social networks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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