This qualitative phenomenological study was a means to explore the lived experiences of single Black mothers in a U.S. Midwest state who are a part of intergenerational welfare dependency. The study focused on answering the research question, How has intergenerational public assistance/welfare dependency affected single Black women with children from moving toward self-sufficiency and self-efficacy across generations? There have been many studies of welfare dependency among women; however, there has been limited inquiry into single Black mothers and their experiences with generational welfare dependency. To examine this phenomenon more closely, data collected through semistructured, one-to-one, face-to-face interviews using open-ended questions underwent coding and analysis. The theoretical framework used for this study was a participatory action research approach enabling exploration of the perceptions of the single Black mothers’ experiences as individuals who have been a part of intergenerational welfare dependency. The women’s perspective from this study indicates that more stakeholders and community partners are needed to help with barriers in successful employment, housing, mental health, and basic life skills. This study was a means to examine what resources these women felt could help separate them from welfare dependency. A summary of the findings of this study centers on the 4 themes that emerged from their responses: path to public assistance, barriers to prevent intergenerational welfare dependency, effectiveness of state services, and needed services.
|Advisor:||Ellington, Renata D.|
|Commitee:||Hurd, Debra, Widener, Murray|
|Department:||School of Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public administration, Womens studies, Public policy, Individual & family studies, African American Studies|
|Keywords:||Single Black mothers, Inter-generational welfare dependency, Welfare dependency, Self-efficacy|
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