Effects of single parenthood on children : mediated by parenting stress and parent-child relationship

by Lee, Ka-yee

Abstract (Summary)
(Uncorrected OCR) Effects of Single-parenthood on Children 1 Abstract This study examined the association between marital transition and children's well-being. Thirty-nine single-mothers aged between 26-55 participated in this study. The present study sought to explore the mechanisms by which factors of parenting stress, single-mother's internal resources, and the parenting relationships would help or interfere children's adjustment in single-mother households. Results showed that family relationships were the main factors involved in the association between marital transition to children's adjustment. Without disruptions in family functioning, the risk factors such as parental distress were less likely to compromise children's adjustment. Personal resources of the single-mothers, as represented as the levels of learned resourcefulness, were protective measures against inept parenting. The effects of parenting stress, the level of learned resourcefulness, warm and autonomy granting parenting relationships, and power assertion and possessive parenting relationships on child's adjustment were not statistically significant, F(4, 34) = .995, p = .424. Current findings were considered as a preliminary effort to understand how marital transition affected children's adjustment.
Bibliographical Information:


School:The University of Hong Kong

School Location:China - Hong Kong SAR

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:children of single parents psychology parent and child


Date of Publication:01/01/1998

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