Campus Units

Psychology

Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Family Psychology

Volume

24

Issue

4

First Page

468

Last Page

477

DOI

10.1037/a0019870

Abstract

Although research demonstrates many negative family outcomes associated with single-parent households, little is known about processes that lead to positive outcomes for these families. Using 3 waves of longitudinal data, we examined how maternal dispositional optimism and life stressors are associated with parenting and child outcomes in 394 single mother African American families. Confirming prior research, we found that mothers' childhood adversities, current economic pressure, and internalizing problems were associated with lower levels of maternal warmth and child management and with lower child school competence. Extending previous studies, we found that maternal optimism was a positive resource, predicting lower levels of maternal internalizing symptoms and higher levels of effective child management and moderating the impact of economic stress on maternal internalizing problems. These findings highlight the need for further investigation of processes and resources that promote positive outcomes for African American mother-headed families and single mother families in general.

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© American Psychological Association, 2010. This paper is not the copy of record and may not exactly replicate the authoritative document published in the APA journal. Please do not copy or cite without author's permission. The final article is available, upon publication, at: 10.1037/a0019870. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

American Psychological Association

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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