Faculty Publications

Title

Socioeconomic predictors of mastery among mothers in poverty

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Mastery, Mothers, Poverty

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Poverty

Volume

13

Issue

4

First Page

426

Last Page

440

Abstract

Predictors of mastery among low-income mothers of children eligible for Early Head Start (N = 2093) were examined. Participants' levels of mastery were assessed approximately 14 months after the birth of their child. Mothers living in extreme poverty did not exhibit lower levels of mastery when compared to other mothers when controlling for other socioeconomic factors. African American mothers showed the highest levels of mastery, and single mothers showed lower levels of mastery than mothers who were married or living with the father of their child. Education was positively related to mastery. Possible mechanisms for these relationships are discussed. Future research should examine mastery as a dynamic construct, especially among persons living in poverty, by using longitudinal methods. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original Publication Date

12-3-2009

DOI of published version

10.1080/10875540903272405

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