Family Functioning and Income Does Low-Income Status Impact Family Functioning?

Published on Jul 1, 2013in The Family Journal
· DOI :10.1177/1066480713476836
Abigail K. Mansfield11
Estimated H-index: 11
(Rhode Island Hospital),
Jennifer Dealy4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Rhode Island Hospital),
Gabor I. Keitner48
Estimated H-index: 48
(Rhode Island Hospital)
This study explored the impact of income status (low-income vs. non-low-income) on family functioning, social support, and quality of life in a community sample of 125 families. The sample identified themselves as 17% Black or African American, 7% Latino, 4% Asian, and 66% White. The mean age of participants was 37 years. The study used a self-report measure of perceived family functioning, the Family Assessment Device (FAD). Results demonstrated that low-income status was associated with less satisfaction with several areas of family functioning, and that the effect of having a family member with a psychiatric disorder on family functioning depended on income status, with low-income families with a psychiatric disorder endorsing much greater dissatisfaction with family functioning than non-low-income families with a psychiatric disorder. Low-income families also had significantly lower social support and quality of life scores than non-low-income families. Low-income status appears to put stress on famil...
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