Title page for ETD etd-04042005-154619


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Stuart, Troy D.
URN etd-04042005-154619
Title Associations Among Mothers' Reports of Family Daily Hassles and Family Resources and Children's Cognitive Ability: An Exploratory Study
Degree Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
M. E. Betsy Garrison Committee Chair
Bonnie D. Belleau Committee Member
Loren D. Marks Committee Member
Pamela A. Monroe Committee Member
Robert C. Mathews Dean's Representative
Keywords
  • family structure
  • cognitive ability
  • cohesion
  • adaptability
  • hardiness
  • daily hassles
Date of Defense 2005-03-30
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among daily hassles, family resources, and children’s cognitive ability. Particular emphasis was placed on examining the relationships among the variables by family structure. A total of 205 children in first-grade and third-grade and their mothers participated in the study. There were 120 children from intact families and 85 children from single mother families in the study. All mothers completed assessments on family level variables and all children completed the BIA test of cognitive ability. Multiple regression analyses were utilized to examine the relationships among the variables. Daily hassles and cohesion were related to the cognitive ability scores of children living in intact families. Family hardiness was related to the cognitive ability scores of children living in single mother families. The findings indicated the existence of potentially important relationships among daily hassles, family resources, and children’s cognitive ability. The findings also indicated that the relationships among the variables differed by family structure.

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