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.
|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|
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