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Single Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Impact of Multiple Roles

Alison Stokes Gottlieb
Family Relations
Vol. 46, No. 1 (Jan., 1997), pp. 5-12
DOI: 10.2307/585601
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/585601
Page Count: 8
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Single Mothers of Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Impact of Multiple Roles
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Abstract

The impact of employment status and a nonspousal partner on the overall well-being of 148 single mothers of children with developmental disabilities was assessed through self-report questionnaires. Although generally multiple roles were associated with greater well-being, the quality of the roles (perceived helpfulness of the partner and perceived financial importance of the job) was more predictive. In fact, interaction effects indicated that having a supportive partner was associated with greater well-being for mothers whose employment was their primary income source (primary providers) and for nonemployed mothers, but not for mothers whose employment did not provide the primary family income (partial providers). Among those without a supportive partner, mothers who were partial providers reported greater well-being than did nonemployed mothers or primary provider mothers.

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