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ERIC Number: EJ910517
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0192-513X
The Association between Perceptions of Social Support and Maternal Mental Health: A Cumulative Perspective
Meadows, Sarah O.
Journal of Family Issues, v32 n2 p181-208 Feb 2011
The question of how to best measure family processes so that longitudinal experiences within the family are accurately captured has become an important issue for family scholars. Using the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 2,158), this article focuses on the association between trajectories of perceived supportiveness from biological fathers and mothers' mental health problems 5 years after a birth. The relationship status between mothers and biological fathers is significantly related to her perceptions of his supportiveness, with married mothers reporting the highest levels of supportiveness followed by mothers in cohabiting unions, romantic non-coresidential unions, and, finally, mothers not in a romantic relationship. Controlling for both time-varying and time-invariant maternal and relationship characteristics, a positive slope of perceived supportiveness from biological fathers is associated with fewer subsequent mental health problems 5 years after the birth. The discussion calls attention to alternate modeling strategies for longitudinal family experiences. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure, and 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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