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ERIC Number: EJ879368
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 63
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Buffers of Racial Discrimination: Links with Depression among Rural African American Mothers
Odom, Erica C.; Vernon-Feagans, Lynne
Journal of Marriage and Family, v72 n2 p346-359 Apr 2010
The current study examines racial discrimination as a predictor of depression in a sample of 414 rural, low-income African American mothers of young children. The potential moderating role of optimism and church-based social support was also examined. Mothers completed questionnaires when their child was 24 months old. Hierarchical regression revealed that mothers' perception of racism was a significant predictor of depression even after controlling for a variety of distal demographic characteristics and environmental stressors. Significant interactions suggested the importance of psychological and social characteristics in understanding maternal depression. Specifically, high levels of optimism and church-based social support buffered mothers from increased depressive symptomology attributable to perceived racism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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