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Network Structure, Social Support, and Psychological Well-Being in the Single-Parent Family

Sara S. McLanahan, Nancy V. Wedemeyer and Tina Adelberg
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 43, No. 3 (Aug., 1981), pp. 601-612
DOI: 10.2307/351761
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/351761
Page Count: 12
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Network Structure, Social Support, and Psychological Well-Being in the Single-Parent Family
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Abstract

This research examines the relationships among network structure, social support, and psychological well-being in the single-parent family. Three network types are identified: the family of origin network, the extended network, and the conjugal network. Findings indicate that network structure is associated with type of support, and that effects of structure and support on psychological well-being are mediated by a third variable, role orientation of the mother. Theoretical and methodological implications for research on stress and psychological distress as well as practical implications for community mental health services are suggested.

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