Single Mothers' Religious Participation and Early Childhood Behavior

dc.contributor.authorPetts, Richard J.
dc.descriptionThis is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Petts, R.J. (2012), Single Mothers' Religious Participation and Early Childhood Behavior. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74: 251-268., which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions. This article may not be enhanced, enriched or otherwise transformed into a derivative work, without express permission from Wiley or by statutory rights under applicable legislation. Copyright notices must not be removed, obscured or modified. The article must be linked to Wiley’s version of record on Wiley Online Library and any embedding, framing or otherwise making available the article or pages thereof by third parties from platforms, services and websites other than Wiley Online Library must be prohibiteden_US
dc.description.abstractUsing data on 1,134 single mothers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, this study examined trajectories of religious participation among single mothers and whether these trajectories were associated with early childhood behavior. The results suggested that single mothers experienced diverse patterns of religious participation throughout their child's early life; some mothers maintained a consistent pattern of religious participation (or nonparticipation), and other mothers increased their participation. The results also suggested that religious participation was associated with greater involvement with children, reduced parenting stress, and a lower likelihood of engaging in corporal punishment. Young children raised by mothers who frequently attended religious services were less likely to display problem behaviors, and this relationship was partially mediated by increased child involvement, lower stress, and less frequent corporal punishment. Overall, religious participation may provide resources for single mothers that encourage them to engage in parenting practices that promote positive child development.en_US
dc.identifier.citationPetts, R.J. (2012), Single Mothers' Religious Participation and Early Childhood Behavior. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74: 251-268.
dc.subjectearly childhooden_US
dc.subjectFragile Families and Child Wellbeingen_US
dc.subjectlow-income familiesen_US
dc.subjectsingle motherhooden_US
dc.titleSingle Mothers' Religious Participation and Early Childhood Behavioren_US
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