Title

Socioenvironmental and individual correlates of psychological adjustment in low-income single mothers.

Abstract

Examined relationships among psychological adjustment, levels of perceived and actual social support, and perceptions of childhood familial adversity among 52 low-income single mothers of preschoolers. Ss were interviewed regarding their childhood history and also made self-ratings of their ability to cope with finances, emotions, and household and child care responsibilities. Ss were also administered the Beck Depression Inventory, the MMPI, the WAIS-R, and the Social Network Form. Ss showing high levels of psychological adjustment tended to perceive their supports more positively, but often reported lower levels of support than did their more distressed counterparts. Perceptions of childhood familial adversity were the most powerful predictors of psychological adjustment.

Publication Date

4-1994

Journal Title

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Publisher

Wiley

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1037/h0079511

Document Type

Article

Rights

© Copyright 2004 Elsevier B.V.