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Relationship Transitions and Maternal Parenting.

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Beck, Audrey N.
Cooper, Carey E.
McLanahan, Sara S.
Brooks-Gunn, Jeanne.
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We use data from the Fragile Families Study (N=1975) to examine the relationship between mothers'partnership changes and parenting behavior during the first five years of their child's life. We compare coresidential and dating transitions and recent and more distal transitions. We also examine interactions betweentransitions and race/ethnicity, maternal education and family structure at birth. Findings indicate that both coresidential and dating transitions are associated with higher levels of maternal stress and harsh parenting, withrecent transitions having stronger associations than distal transitions. Maternal education significantly moderatesthese associations, disadvantaging children of less educated mothers in terms of maternal stress, and children of more educated mothers in terms of literacy activities. (Author abstract)

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