Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Surviving parenthood as a single mother
by Vahlkamp-Anderson, Laura A., M.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2013, 72; 1551158
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Finkelstein, Marvin
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
Publication Number: 1551158
ISBN: 978-1-303-67974-2
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