June 11, 2012
Jason Novick successfully defended his MA thesis, A Life Course Investigation of the Differences in Psychological Distress of Mothers by Family Structure Trajectories. His research examined the relationships between family structure, employment patterns, and mental health among mothers, using the life course perspective. His thesis reveals significant differences in levels of psychological distress by family structure trajectory. In addition, he found the employment patterns of single mothers are more likely to be characterized by discontinuity and financial strain, compared to stably partnered mothers. Finally, using multivariate analysis he found that employment patterns, socioeconomic characteristics, and work-family demand variables explain family structure trajectory differences in psychological distress.