Surviving poverty: Stress and coping in the lives of housed and homeless mothers.
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.
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
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Banyard, V. L. and Graham-Bermann, S. A. (1998), SURVIVING POVERTY: Stress and Coping in the Lives of Housed and Homeless Mothers. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 68: 479–489. doi: 10.1037/h0080357
1998 American Orthopsychiatric Association