African American caregivers' resources for support: Implications for children's perceived support from their caregiver

Tat'Yana A. Kenigsberg, Willie Winston, Priscilla A. Gibson, Sonya S. Brady

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Abstract

School-aged children often turn to their primary caregiver, such as a mother, father, or other close relative, for support in dealing with difficult situations. This cross-sectional, school-based study examined whether urban, lower-income African American caregivers' stressful life events, affective symptoms, and perceived support from their social network were associated with their children's perceptions of support from and conflict with the caregiver. Forty-six African American children aged 8-12 years and a primary caregiver were recruited from a partnering Midwestern United States elementary school and separately interviewed. Results showed that caregivers' report of greater support from their social network across a variety of domains was associated with children's report of greater instrumental support from their caregiver. Caregivers' report of greater attachment to members of their social network was associated with children's report of greater emotional support from their caregiver. Implications of findings for mental health promotion among children and families are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-344
Number of pages8
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume61
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2016

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Keywords

  • African Americans
  • Perceived parental support
  • Social networks

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