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Stressor Events, Resources, and Depressive Symptoms in Rural, Low-Income Mothers

dc.contributor.advisorBraun, Bonnieen_US
dc.contributor.authorWaldman, Joannaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-10-11T05:52:35Z
dc.date.available2008-10-11T05:52:35Z
dc.date.issued2008-08-11en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/8607
dc.description.abstractThis study, based on stress theory, sought to understand whether resources moderate the effects of stressors on depressive symptoms over time among a sample of rural, low-income mothers. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were utilized to explain the phenomena under investigation. Results revealed that higher numbers of stressors were associated with higher levels of depressive symptoms. At time one, resources were found to moderate the effects of stressors on depressive symptoms, with higher levels of resources and higher levels of stress producing the greatest level of depressive symptoms. At time two, resources did not moderate the effects of stressors on depressive symptoms. This study found that resources do not always serve a protective function. One explanation appears to be the "hidden cost" of resources revealed in the mothers' interviews. Recommendations for future research and practical applications are discussed.en_US
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dc.titleStressor Events, Resources, and Depressive Symptoms in Rural, Low-Income Mothersen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentFamily Studiesen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledHealth Sciences, Mental Healthen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledstress theoryen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledresourcesen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddepressionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledresiliencyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledpovertyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledruralen_US


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