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Author: Redmond, Deidre L.
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1. Redmond, Deidre L.
Jackson, Pamela Braboy
Young Adult Offspring and Mothers' Depression
Presented: Atlanta GA, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2010
Cohort(s): NLSY79 Young Adult
Publisher: American Sociological Association
Keyword(s): CESD (Depression Scale); Depression (see also CESD); Motherhood; Parent-Child Interaction; Parent-Child Relationship/Closeness

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The research literature on parenthood and mental health has directed a great deal of attention toward children and parents when they are young. Recent research demonstrates that even during their adult years, children continue to have an impact on parents’ psychological well-being. This study explores how young adult offspring have an impact on mothers’ depression scores, examining the effects of the closeness of their relationship and offspring’s relationship status and attainment of economic and psychological resources. The data for this study are from a 2004 and 2006 sample of mothers and their young adult children in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY). Mothers’ depression scores are predicted based on information provided by their young adult offspring. Mothers benefit from the success of their children economically and from the closeness of their relationship. However, higher depression scores are found among mothers whose children have become socially independent. The results support prior research on adult development and highlight the complexities of midlife parenting.
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Redmond, Deidre L. and Pamela Braboy Jackson. "Young Adult Offspring and Mothers' Depression." Presented: Atlanta GA, American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2010.