Mothering Children with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions: Long-Term Implications for Self-Reported Health
We use the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth to ask whether (a) parenting a child with a disability or chronic condition leads to lower maternal health status; (b) the association is larger over the longer term; and (c) health consequences are larger for lone than married mothers. Results show mothering a child with a disability or chronic condition leads to lower self-rated health for married and lone mothers. Effects are larger over the longer term. After controlling for differences in determinants of health, we do not observe significantly lower health status for lone mothers, or larger associations with child disability.
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Volume (Year): 34 (2008)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
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