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Risk and adversity, parenting quality, and children’s social-emotional adjustment in families experiencing homelessness

Date Added to Library: 
Friday, March 29, 2019 - 14:21
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 
10.1111/cdev.12894
Priority: 
normal
Individual Author: 
Labella, Madelyn H.
McCormick, Christopher M.
Narayan, Angela J.
Desjardins, Christopher D.
Masten, Ann S.
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Published Date: 
January/February 2019
Published Date (Text): 
January/February 2019
Publication: 
Child Development
Volume: 
90
Issue Number: 
1
Page Range: 
227-244
Year: 
2019
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Abstract: 

A multimethod, multi-informant design was used to examine links among sociodemographic risk, family adversity, parenting quality, and child adjustment in families experiencing homelessness. Participants were 245 homeless parents (Mage = 31.0, 63.6% African American) and their 4- to 6-year-old children (48.6% male). Path analyses revealed unique associations by risk domain: Higher sociodemographic risk predicted more externalizing behavior and poorer teacher–child relationships, whereas higher family adversity predicted more internalizing behavior. Parenting quality was positively associated with peer acceptance and buffered effects of family adversity on internalizing symptoms, consistent with a protective effect. Parenting quality was associated with lower externalizing behavior only when sociodemographic risk was below the sample mean. Implications for research and practice are discussed. (author abstract)

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