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Risk and Protective Factors for Adult and Child Hunger Among Low-income Housed and Homeless Female-headed Families
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In this article, the authors sought to identify factors associated with adult or child hunger. Mothers who were low-income housed and homeless were interviewed about socioeconomic, psychosocial, health, and food sufficiency information. Multinomial logistic regression produced models predicting adult or child hunger. According to the article, predictors of adult hunger included mothers’ childhood sexual molestation and current parenting difficulties, or "hassles." The authors assert that risk factors for child hunger included mothers’ childhood sexual molestation, housing subsidies, brief local residence, having more or older children, and substandard housing. This study found that the odds of hunger, although affected by resource constraints in low-income female-headed families, were also worsened by mothers’ poor physical and mental health. Eliminating hunger thus may require broader interventions than food programs (authors).