In developmental science, we must work toward ensuring that at-risk mothers regularly receive personal nurturance as they continue with the decades-long task of raising children. Being a good enough mother is hard work, and exponentially more difficult for parents facing major stressors. Resilience research suggests that—as for children—mothers’ well-being might be best fostered by relationships that are warm, supportive, and dependable. Results of clinical trials suggest, furthermore, that improvements in mothers’ personal well-being can lead to gains in other important aspects of functioning, including parenting behaviors. Drawing from extant programs, we must prioritize exploring how “authentic connections”—dependable, mutually supportive relationships—can be developed and sustained for diverse groups of at-risk mothers in their own neighborhoods, clinics, and workplace settings.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Social Psychology