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ERIC Number: EJ932410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Who Lacks Support and Why? An Examination of Mothers' Personal Safety Nets
Harknett, Kristen S.; Hartnett, Caroline Sten
Journal of Marriage and Family, v73 n4 p861-875 Aug 2011
We use data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 12,140 person-waves) to identify characteristics associated with mothers' having or lacking "personal safety net" support from family and friends. We focus on characteristics that are likely to increase the importance of having support available but may also interfere with the maintenance of supportive ties: poverty, poor physical and mental health, and challenging childrearing responsibilities. By capitalizing on distinctions among these types of personal disadvantages and among types of personal safety nets (financial, housing, child care, and emotional), we help to explain why personal disadvantages are associated with weaker support. Our paper contributes to the literature emphasizing the importance of reciprocity in support relationships and introduces the idea that families that are more difficult to help will have less support available.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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