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ERIC Number: EJ850092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
Family Structure Transitions and Maternal Parenting Stress
Cooper, Carey E.; McLanahan, Sara S.; Meadows, Sarah O.; Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n3 p558-574 Aug 2009
Data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study (N = 4,176) are used to examine family structure transitions and maternal parenting stress. Using multilevel modeling, we found that mothers who exit coresidential relationships with biological fathers or enter coresidential relationships with nonbiological fathers reported higher levels of parenting stress than mothers in stable coresidential relationships. Mothers who enter coresidential relationships with biological fathers reported lower levels of parenting stress than mothers who remain single. Mothers' resources, especially their relationships with biological fathers, accounted for most of the associations between transitions and parenting stress, with posttransition resources being more important than pretransition resources. Mothers with high levels of education were less affected by transitions than mothers with less education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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