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Low-Income Parental Profiles of Coping, Resource Adequacy, and Public Assistance Receipt: Links to Parenting


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    3 Human Ecology, Department of Family and Child Ecology, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI 48824.

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    College of Nursing, University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, 1921 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53201.

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    Currently at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, Department of Psychiatry, 1542 Tulane Avenue, 2nd Floor, New Orleans, LA 70115.

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, College of Education, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 (


Variation in perceptions of resources and in coping strategies among low-income parents likely influences parenting. The purposes of this study were to identify differences in parental profiles, as indicated by receipt of public assistance, perceptions of adequacy of resources, and coping strategies, and to examine these profiles relative to parenting. Results showed that perceptions of resource adequacy and coping strategies best differentiated parental profiles, whereas use of constructive coping strategies predicted cognitive stimulating parenting.