- Oxford Library Of Psychology
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Introduction: Why Study Poverty?
- How Poverty Gets Under the Skin: A Life Course Perspective
- Economic Hardship and Its Consequences Across Generations
- Poverty Status and the Effects of Family Structure on Child Well-Being
- Long-Term Consequences of Child Neglect in Low-Income Families
- Children and Families in Poverty: Federal Perspectives on Applied Research and Evaluation
- The Early Development of Vagal Tone: Effects of Poverty and Elevated Contextual Risk
- Maternal Mental Health and Child Health and Nutrition
- Fatherhood and Fathering Among Low-Income and Minority Men
- Adolescent Parenting: Risk and Protective Factors in the Context of Poverty
- Cognitive Development and Family Resources Among Children of Immigrant Families
- The Dynamic of Poverty and Affluence in Child Adoption
- Poverty, Stress, and Autonomic Reactivity
- Employment in Low-Income Families
- Nonstandard Work Schedules and Child Development
- How Welfare and Employment Policies Influence Children's Development
- Work-Family Policies and Child Well-Being in Low-Income Families
- SES, Childhood Experience, and the Neural Bases of Cognition
- Family Factors, Childcare Quality, and Cognitive Outcomes
- Child Health and Early Education
- Child Care and Early Education for Low-Income Families: Choices and Consequences
- Evidence-Based School Interventions to Reduce Achievement Inequality
- Poverty and HPA Functioning in Young Children
- Extrafamilial Contexts and Children's Conduct Problems
- Neighborhood Effects on Children's Achievement: A Review of Recent Research
- Children Living in Rural Poverty: The Role of Chaos in Early Development
- Homelessness and Child Outcomes
- Poverty and Possibility in the Lives of American Indian and Alaska Native Children
- Poverty, the Development of Effortful Control, and Children's Academic, Social, and Emotional Adjustment
- Preventive Interventions: Parenting and the Home Environment
- Interventions for Low-Income Families: Sesame Workshop's Educational Outreach and the Healthy Habits for Life Initiative
- Translating Longitudinal, Developmental Research With Rural African American Families Into Prevention Programs for Rural African American Youth
- Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Effects on Growth, Health, and Development in Young Children
- Children in Global Adversity: Physical, Mental, Behavioral, and Symbolic Dimensions of Health
- Addressing the Consequences of Concentrated Adversity on Child and Adolescent Mental Health
- Everyday Distress: Psychosocial and Economic Impact of Forced Migration on Children and Families
- Cross-Cultural and Cross-National Parenting Perspectives
- Humanitarian Crises in Low-Resource Settings: Evidence-Based Mental Health and Psychosocial Interventions for Children
- Future Directions in Research on Children and Poverty
Abstract and Keywords
In this chapter, the family stress model provides a framework for exploring the relationships between maternal mental health and child health and nutrition, in the context of poverty. Specifically, we examine what is known about the links between maternal depression and anxiety with the increased rates of overweight, nutritional deficiencies, food insecurity, and overall poorer health observed among low-income children. We then explore how maternal psychological distress may impact three parenting practices linked to these child health domains: (1) health-related parenting behaviors, such as monitoring the child's access to television; (2) parental feeding strategies, such as how long the mother breast-feeds; and (3) food-related coping strategies, such as the need to shop in a variety of stores for the best food bargains. We conclude with three key directions to advance our understanding of the pathway from maternal mental health to child outcomes.
Karen McCurdy, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island.
Kathleen S. Gorman, Department of Psychology, University of Rhode Island.
Tiffani S. Kisler, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Rhode Island.
Elizabeth Metallinos-Katsaras, Department of Nutrition, Simmons College.
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