Social Support and Parenting among Mothers Experiencing Homelessness: Parenting: Vol 0, No 0


Aim . Successful parenting is among the the strongest predictors of baby resilience, but the anxiety and adversity connected with homelessness may perhaps undermine the capacity of caregivers to guardian. To detect malleable things that could foster resilience in parenting, this research investigated social assistance in relation to observed parenting in the context of homelessness. Structure . Members provided ninety five moms (M age = 29.seventy five, 64.two% African American) and their four- to six-calendar year-aged children (fifty five.eight% male) residing in shelters for households experiencing homelessness. Mothers accomplished questionnaires, and trained raters coded video clip recordings of structured parent–child interactions for effective parenting. Outcomes . Mothers described “fairly high” satisfaction with assistance and regular assistance network dimensions of two persons. Mothers described far more satisfaction when assistance arrived from loved ones users and decreased anxiety when assistance arrived from a co-guardian. Neither satisfaction with assistance or assistance network dimensions was noticeably connected with effective parenting, and neither showed anxiety-buffering effects on parenting. Verbal capability was the most salient predictor of effective parenting. Conclusions . Mothers in emergency shelter described satisfaction with social assistance in spite of a small network dimensions. Assistance from loved ones and their co-guardian ended up significant for satisfaction and perceived anxiety.


The authors categorical their deep appreciation to the households, lecturers, shelter staff members, and research group users who built this research achievable.


Cara M. Lucke, Institute of Child Development, fifty one East River Road, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Electronic mail: [email protected] Angela Narayan is at the College of Denver, Amy Monn is at Green Hills Loved ones Psychology, and Ann S. Masten is at the College of Minnesota.

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This do the job was supported in aspect by graduate fellowships from the College of Minnesota (Narayan) and the National Science Foundation (Monn), and the Irving B. Harris Professorship in Child Development (Masten).

Notes on contributors

Cara M. Lucke

Cara M. Lucke, M.A. , is a graduate university student in the Developmental Psychopathology Medical Science method at the College of Minnesota in the Institute of Child Development. Her research focuses on parenting as a protective issue of baby resilience and intergenerational styles of threat and resilience.

Angela J. Narayan

Angela Narayan, Ph.D. , is an assistant professor in the clinical baby psychology doctoral method in the College of Psychology at the College of Denver, and an assistant adjunct professor in the Office of Psychiatry at the College of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She acquired her Ph.D. in 2015 in clinical baby psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the College of Minnesota. She accomplished her postdoctoral schooling at the Child Trauma Study Application within just the Office of Psychiatry at UCSF. Her research method focuses on the intergenerational transmission of threat and resilience by means of the perinatal time period, with an emphasis on understanding how the legacy of mothers’ and fathers’ childhood encounters shape their health and fitness, relationships, wellbeing, and changeover to parenthood. Dr. Narayan is also a accredited psychologist in Colorado.

Amy R. Monn

Amy Monn, Ph.D. , is a accredited clinical psychologist in Tennessee. She is at present in non-public observe at Green Hills Loved ones Psychology. She acquired her Ph.D. in 2015 in clinical baby psychology from the Institute of Child Development at the College of Minnesota. Her research and clinical do the job target on baby and loved ones resilience.

Ann S. Masten

Ann S. Masten, Ph.D. , is a Regents Professor and the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development at the College of Minnesota in the Institute of Child Development. She experiments threat and resilience in human improvement, particularly in the context of poverty, homelessness, war, catastrophe, migration, and other adversities. She is a earlier President of the Society for Study in Child Development and the developmental division of the American Psychological Association (APA). She is a recipient of a lot of awards, like APA’s Bronfenbrenner Award for Life time Contributions to Developmental Psychology. Dr. Masten has released far more than 200 scholarly operates, like the e book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development.