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Buffers of racial discrimination: Links with depression among rural African American mothers

Odom, E. C., Vernon-Feagans, L., & The Family Life Project Key Investigators
Journal of Marriage and Family (72)2, 346-359

DOI: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00704 Information about DOI

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“The current study examines racial discrimination as a predictor of depression in a sample of 414 rural, low-income African American mothers of young children. The potential moderating role of optimism and church-based social support was also examined. Mothers completed questionnaires when their child was 24 months old. Hierarchical regression revealed that mothers' perception of racism was a significant predictor of depression even after controlling for a variety of distal demographic characteristics and environmental stressors. Significant interactions suggested the importance of psychological and social characteristics in understanding maternal depression. Specifically, high levels of optimism and church-based social support buffered mothers from increased depressive symptomology attributable to perceived racism.”

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