Housing Cost Burden and Maternal Stress
As the affordable housing shortage proliferates, more American households struggle with high housing cost burdens. Grounded in Belsky’s (1984) parenting stress framework, we use a weighted low-income sample from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study of mothers who rent their homes (N=388) to investigate a relationship between housing cost burden, or paying a substantial portion of income toward housing, and higher rates of reported maternal stress. Findings of the linear regression indicate that younger mothers and those paying 30% or more of their income each month toward rent have higher reported maternal stress scores. These findings are discussed with attention to practice and policy implications.
Bills, Kaycee L.; West, Stacia Michelle; and Hargrove, Jami
"Housing Cost Burden and Maternal Stress among Very Low Income Mothers,"
The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare: Vol. 46
, Article 6.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol46/iss1/6