Title page for ETD etd-05232002-212042

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cook, Jennifer Latrell
Author's Email Address jecook3@msn.com
URN etd-05232002-212042
Title An Analysis of Black Partnered and Nonpartnered Mothers' Perceptions of Their Children and Single-Mother Effectiveness
Degree Master of Science
Department Human Development
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Henderson, Tammy L. Committee Chair
Allen, Katherine R. Committee Member
Gooden, Susan T. Committee Member
  • Black mothers
  • single-mother effectiveness
  • perceptions of children
Date of Defense 2002-05-20
Availability unrestricted
Using the culturally variant perspective and symbolic interaction theory, I examined the perceptions of Black partnered and nonpartnered mothers toward their children and how these perceptions shaped their views toward single-mother effectiveness. I conducted secondary analysis of National Survey of American Families [NSAF] (1999) with a sample of Black, non-Hispanic mothers with children between the ages of 6 to 17 years old. Black mothers significantly differed on age, education, income, and perceptions about their child's psychological and social behaviors, religious service attendance, and mental health. Mothers' age, education level, income, viewing child as having difficulty getting along with others and viewing child as harder to care for were significantly related to mothers' opinions toward single-mother effectiveness. Feeling angry toward their child and mothers' mental health score were moderately and significantly related to single-mother effectiveness.
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