The role of non-marital coparents in the psychosocial adjustment of African American youth from single mother-headed families Public Deposited

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  • Sterrett, Emma M.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Little empirical attention has considered the quality of the relationships that African American youths from single mother homes may have with extended family and other non-marital coparents. The current study examined associations between coparent support and three measures of youth adjustment, internalizing symptoms, externalizing symptoms, and cognitive competence, in a sample of low-income, urban African American single mother families (n = 141). Findings revealed that coparent support was not directly associated with youth outcomes. However, the two-way interaction of coparent support X positive parenting was significant at Assessment 1 for both externalizing and internalizing symptoms. The negative association between positive parenting and symptoms was strongest in the context of high levels of coparent support. Finally, exploratory analyses revealed some associations of coparent identity (i.e. father, grandmother, sister or other) with the outcome variables. Implications and future directions for research are discussed.
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  • Jones, Deborah
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