Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A phenomenological study of how homeless single mothers choose social support
by Holcomb, Sheila Murphy, Ed.D., University of Phoenix, 2009, 562; 3381340
Abstract (Summary)

Homeless single mother families are the fastest growing segment in the homeless population. These women are at risk with diminished resources while maintaining housing, employment, education for their children, healthcare, and transportation, besides coping with drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, and mental health concerns. This phenomenological study explored how homeless single mothers choose social support. Twenty-three participants who lived in motels, shared housing, or in transitional housing were interviewed. A modified van Kaam method was used to analyze the data and develop themes. Participants relied mainly on informal supports, while their children’s support usually came from family and formal supports. Talking, listening, and trust improved their social supports, whereas feeling judged, having red tape to deal with, and a lack of transportation were inhibitors to support.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Collett, April
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-B 70/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Social psychology, Womens studies, Nursing
Keywords: Homeless single mothers, Social support
Publication Number: 3381340
ISBN: 978-1-109-40255-1
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