Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Chris Henrich

Second Advisor

Dr. Rose Sevcik

Third Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Tighe

Abstract

The relationship between residential mobility, parental stress, and parenting is explored using a model based on the Family Stress Model. The roles of social support within this model are also explored. A secondary data analysis of the Fragile Families Child Wellbeing Study was conducted, providing a sample size of 4,300 families. The analyses did not support the indirect relationships hypothesized based on the FSM or stress buffering theories. However, residential mobility and parental stress had a direct effect on harsh parenting behaviors. Residential mobility was also found to reduce social support.

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