The Influence of Support from Romantic Partner Social Fathers and Nonresident Biological Fathers on Maternal Wellbeing in Mexican-American Families

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Title:
The Influence of Support from Romantic Partner Social Fathers and Nonresident Biological Fathers on Maternal Wellbeing in Mexican-American Families
Author:
Gonzalez, Henry
Issue Date:
2012
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Paternal support is often linked to lower levels of maternal distress. However, this link is less established among the increasing numbers of Mexican-American families with a romantic partner social (RPS) father, that is, mothers' partners who are not formally identified as stepfathers. This study applied a bioecological systems framework to test linkages between RPS father support and maternal depression and parenting stress above and beyond ecological stressors, and to consider whether nonresident biological father support and general instrumental support moderate this link. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, we analyze a subsample of Mexican-American mothers (N = 76) with three-year-olds, who are involved in a relationship with a RPS father and maintain contact with the nonresident biological father. Findings indicate that mothers who reported greater support from RPS fathers also reported lower depressive symptomatology when they also reported greater support from nonresident biological fathers or reported being in a recent relationship with the RPS father; mothers from more established relationships reported more depressive symptoms. However, mothers with lower perceived instrumental social support reported high maternal depressive symptoms, even while receiving support from RPS fathers. Neither source of support significantly predicted maternal parenting stress. Overall, our results reveal complex, interactive associations between these combined sources of support and maternal mental health in these increasingly common family structures.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Keywords:
Mexican-American families; nonresident biological fathers; parenting stress; romantic partner social fathers; Family & Consumer Sciences; instrumental social support; maternal depression
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Graduate College; Family & Consumer Sciences
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Barnett, Melissa A.

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleThe Influence of Support from Romantic Partner Social Fathers and Nonresident Biological Fathers on Maternal Wellbeing in Mexican-American Familiesen_US
dc.creatorGonzalez, Henryen_US
dc.contributor.authorGonzalez, Henryen_US
dc.date.issued2012-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractPaternal support is often linked to lower levels of maternal distress. However, this link is less established among the increasing numbers of Mexican-American families with a romantic partner social (RPS) father, that is, mothers' partners who are not formally identified as stepfathers. This study applied a bioecological systems framework to test linkages between RPS father support and maternal depression and parenting stress above and beyond ecological stressors, and to consider whether nonresident biological father support and general instrumental support moderate this link. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, we analyze a subsample of Mexican-American mothers (N = 76) with three-year-olds, who are involved in a relationship with a RPS father and maintain contact with the nonresident biological father. Findings indicate that mothers who reported greater support from RPS fathers also reported lower depressive symptomatology when they also reported greater support from nonresident biological fathers or reported being in a recent relationship with the RPS father; mothers from more established relationships reported more depressive symptoms. However, mothers with lower perceived instrumental social support reported high maternal depressive symptoms, even while receiving support from RPS fathers. Neither source of support significantly predicted maternal parenting stress. Overall, our results reveal complex, interactive associations between these combined sources of support and maternal mental health in these increasingly common family structures.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
dc.subjectMexican-American familiesen_US
dc.subjectnonresident biological fathersen_US
dc.subjectparenting stressen_US
dc.subjectromantic partner social fathersen_US
dc.subjectFamily & Consumer Sciencesen_US
dc.subjectinstrumental social supporten_US
dc.subjectmaternal depressionen_US
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineFamily & Consumer Sciencesen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorBarnett, Melissa A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberCurran, Melissa A.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMastergeorge, Ann M.en_US
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