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Thursday, June 18 • 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Predictors of Resilience Among High-Risk Mothers: Examining Individual, Interpersonal, and Community-level Factors

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Predictors of Resilience Among High-Risk Mothers: Examining Individual, Interpersonal, and Community-level Factors 
Presenter: Kathryn Howell Co - Presenters: Idia Thurston
Elevated rates of poverty and familial stressors among urban mothers heighten their risk for adversity, which may lead to increased psychopathology. Despite these potential challenges, a substantial percentage of high-risk women exhibit resilient functioning. Guided by social-ecological theory, this study examines the role of individual, interpersonal, and community-level factors in predicting resilience among mothers experiencing multiple adversities, including domestic violence, substance abuse, and severe medical illness. Participants included 45 female primary caregivers, aged 23-60 (M=37.9; SD=9.85). Sixty percent of participants had a yearly household income below $10,000 and 91% were African American. A hierarchical multiple regression model predicting resilience after controlling for individual (age and ethnic identity), interpersonal (spirituality and social support from friends and family), and community-level factors (community cohesion) was significant (F(6,32)=3.24, p=.013, R2=.38). In the final step of this model, higher resilience was associated with greater ethnic identity (β=.43; p=.016) and stronger support from friends and family (β=.35; p=.047). By identifying variables that can enhance resilience, this study offers unique insight into how the functioning of high-risk mothers may be improved at individual and interpersonal levels. Researchers and clinicians should consider these highly mutable factors when developing and implementing interventions for families experiencing adversity.


Kathryn Howell

Kathryn H. Howell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis. Her research centers on intervention development to enhance resilience among children exposed to potentially traumatic events, such as family violence and interpersonal loss. She examines pathways to risk and resilience in these children and their families. Dr. Howell has published over 35 journal articles and chapters on these... Read More →


Idia Thurston

Assistant Professor at University of Memphis | Idia Thurston, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis and adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UTHSC/Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Dr. Thurston graduated from the University of South Florida in 2010.

Thursday June 18, 2015 5:15pm - 7:45pm
King's Gym Gymnasium, King's College

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