Emotional support and well-being of midlife women: Role-specific mastery as a mediational mechanism

Lynn Margaret Martire, Mary Ann Parris Stephens, Aloen L. Townsend

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This study examined the relationships among emotional support, mastery, and well-being for 258 women who simultaneously occupied the roles of wife, mother, parent care provider, and employee. Its primary aim was to determine if a greater sense of mastery in each of these 4 roles could explain the relationship between emotional support from the partner or partners in the same role (the husband, children, impaired parent, or work supervisor) and better psychological well-being (less depressive symptomatology and more life satisfaction). Findings revealed that more emotional support from each of the 4 role partners was related to a greater sense of mastery in that same role. Furthermore, for each of the roles of wife, mother, and employee, role- specific mastery was a mediating mechanism in the relationship between support from the role partner or partners and better well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)396-404
Number of pages9
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 8 1998


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Aging
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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