Research has found that the quality of the relationship between parents is important for the healthy development of children and for the general well-being of mothers. Quality includes the extent to which mothers feel that their child’s co-parent can be trusted to take good care of the child or respect their rules.
Center investigators Elizabeth Karberg and Natasha Cabrera found that most mothers who are low-income report relatively high levels of parenting support from their partner. However, low-income Hispanic mothers report higher levels overall than do their white peers. Their work also shows that in low-income households, fewer foreign-born Hispanic mothers report being depressed than white mothers.
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