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dc.contributor.authorSimmons-Wescott, Leigh Ann
dc.description.abstractA model of economic well-being for rural, low-income mothers (N=414) was identified and tested over time using structural equation modeling (SEM). The data were from a multi-state, longitudinal investigation tracking the well-being of rural families in the context of Welfare Reform, known as “NC-223, Rural Families Speak.” The identified model included the factors of food insecurity, social support, human capital, depression, and poor physical health. Results indicated that higher levels of social support and human capital were associated with greater economic well-being. Social support was negatively associated with depression and poor physical health, while food insecurity was positively associated with depression and poor health. Analyses over time suggest that economic well-being may be a better predictor of depression and poor health than depression and poor health are predictors of economic well-being, especially for poorer families. Implications for public policy and programs that may mitigate the negative effects of poverty on rural residents are discussed.
dc.subjectRural poverty
dc.subjecteconomic well-being
dc.subjecthuman capital
dc.subjectfood insecurity
dc.subjectsocial support
dc.subjectpublic policy
dc.subjectlow-income families
dc.titleWell-being in a rural context
dc.title.alternativea model of select factors influencing health and economic well-being in rural, low-income mothers
dc.description.departmentChild and Family Development
dc.description.majorChild and Family Development
dc.description.advisorDavid W. Wright
dc.description.committeeDavid W. Wright
dc.description.committeeBonnie Braun
dc.description.committeeCharles Halverson
dc.description.committeeThomas Coleman

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