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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2002 Jan;72(1):39-49.

Role of kin and nonkin support in the mental health of low-income women.

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  • 1National Center on Family Homelessness, Newton, Massachusetts, USA.


Data from the Worcester Family Research Project were analyzed to determine whether social support processes are altered by poverty and whether kin and nonkin support are differentially related to mental health in low-income mothers. The authors found that conflict with family and friends predicted adverse mental health and more strongly predicted these outcomes than emotional and instrumental support. Moreover, sibling conflict was a stronger predictor of mental health than parent conflict. Finally, only instrumental support from professionals predicted mental health.

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