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ERIC Number: EJ905554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1465
Mothers' Depression and Educational Attainment and Their Children's Academic Trajectories
Augustine, Jennifer March; Crosnoe, Robert
Journal of Health and Social Behavior, v51 n3 p274-290 Sep 2010
In this study, we take a dynamic approach to studying the connections among mothers' education, their depression, and their children's academic trajectories during elementary school. Applying latent growth curve modeling to longitudinal data from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development's Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (N = 1,012), we find that maternal depression does not mediate the association between mothers' education and children's achievement. Instead, maternal education moderates the association between maternal depression and children's achievement. Specifically, maternal depression only predicted lower achievement for children of women who did not pursue higher education. These results highlight the role of mothers' mental health in the intergenerational linkage between mothers' and children's educational experiences. (Contains 4 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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