Title

Surviving poverty: Stress and coping in the lives of housed and homeless mothers.

Abstract

Stress, coping, and depressed mood were examined in a sample of 64 homeless mothers (mean age 29.24 yrs) and a comparison group of 59 housed low-income mothers (mean age 31.79 yrs). Homeless mothers reported significantly higher levels of stress and depression, as well as greater use of avoidant and active-cognitive coping strategies, than did the housed mothers. Within-group analyses revealed an association between greater use of avoidant strategies and higher levels of reported depression for both groups. Implications for research and program development are discussed.

Department

Psychology

Publication Date

7-1998

Journal Title

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry

Publisher

Wiley

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1037/h0080357

Document Type

Article

Rights

1998 American Orthopsychiatric Association

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