ERIC Number: EJ1202493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Risk and Adversity, Parenting Quality, and Children's Social-Emotional Adjustment in Families Experiencing Homelessness
Labella, Madelyn H.; Narayan, Angela J.; McCormick, Christopher M.; Desjardins, Christopher D.; Masten, Ann S.
Child Development, v90 n1 p227-244 Jan-Feb 2019
A multimethod, multi-informant design was used to examine links among sociodemographic risk, family adversity, parenting quality, and child adjustment in families experiencing homelessness. Participants were 245 homeless parents (M[subscript age] = 31.0, 63.6% African American) and their 4- to 6-year-old children (48.6% male). Path analyses revealed unique associations by risk domain: Higher sociodemographic risk predicted more externalizing behavior and poorer teacher-child relationships, whereas higher family adversity predicted more internalizing behavior. Parenting quality was positively associated with peer acceptance and buffered effects of family adversity on internalizing symptoms, consistent with a protective effect. Parenting quality was associated with lower externalizing behavior only when sociodemographic risk was below the sample mean. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Child Development, Risk, Adjustment (to Environment), Parenting Skills, Parent Child Relationship, Family Characteristics, Homeless People, Path Analysis, Correlation, Young Children, Prediction, Behavior Problems, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Peer Acceptance, Teacher Student Relationship, Disadvantaged
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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