While the role of a mother can be a never-ending responsibility for most, single mothers face an added challenge of being the primary caregivers and financial caretakers of their children. Single mothers have fewer economic and emotional resources due to raising a child in the absence of a spouse or the other parent (Conger & Taylor, 2017). As a result, single mothers are also subject to high stressors, such as day to day struggles, social isolation, and financial hardships which result in emotional distress and challenges with parenting (Waldfogel, Craigie, & Brooks-Gunn, 2010). These experiences leave a lot to be discovered about the causal effects of stress. The purpose of this qualitative case study with a phenomenological design was to examine, collect information, analyze data and report on its findings as it pertains to day-to-day stress that is experienced by single mothers in disadvantaged communities and the coping mechanisms used by them. The primary aim of this qualitative study was to obtain an understanding of the lived experiences of this population, and to identify the perceptions of stress and its causal effects. The results of this study reveal that single mothers experiencing day-to-day stress in disadvantaged communities have been subjected to various challenges which have affected their ability to effectively cope. Some of these challenges are financial hardships, limited or lack of social support, lack of awareness of services available, and the absence of trust in family, friends and providers. The results of this study identify the potential for social change, increased awareness, education and enhanced fiscal management of government funding to better address the disparities faced by this population.
|Advisor:||Nickols, Mitchel A.|
|Commitee:||Hagle, Holly, Jeffrey, Bernadette|
|School:||Point Park University|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-A 82/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social research, Womens studies, Mental health, Social psychology|
|Keywords:||Coping, Coping mechanisms, Single mothers, Social support, Stress, Daily stressors, Disadvantaged communities|
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