This paper asks what the survival strategies are for single never-married mothers and how they meet their basic needs. This project adds to the research to improve our understanding of those living in poverty and especially single mothers living in rural America. The goal is to understand what assistance is needed in order to help them become financially independent and achieve their employment and educational goals. In order to do this we must be knowledgeable about their daily struggles and methods to gain access to critical resources. Using information collected through focus groups we have discovered reoccurring themes about their realities. It was discovered that single never-married mothers are faced with must criticism and stigma from all sources of support. This criticism causes much stress and inhibits them from being able to achieve their goal of financial stability. When you combine this stigma and stress with their existing barriers to success, it is apparent that financial stability is impossible to achieve. This study is most interested in the mother's lack of transportation. This barrier is most significant because it causes the mother difficulty in overcoming all other factors.
|Commitee:||Davis, Georgiann, Murphy, Erin|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|Department:||Sociology & Criminal Justice Studies|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 52/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Sociology, Individual & family studies|
|Keywords:||Poverty, Rural america, Single mother, Stigma, Transportation|
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