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作者 Sparks, Anne
書名 Low-income single mothers' relationships with male partners: Experiences and expectations
說明 397 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 64-12, Section: A, page: 4629
Director: Paul Glasser
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick, 2004
This primarily qualitative study examines low-income single mothers' relationships with male partners, utilizing social exchange theory and contrasting perspectives (politically conservative, feminist and urban socio-economic) on the problem of the increasing proportion of children being raised by single mothers. The study asks: What patterns in women's accounts of relationships with their children's fathers can be identified? How do women determine the value of a relationship? What are women's current situations, wishes and expectations regarding future relationships? Do belief in personal control and religious faith influence single mothers' perceptions of their situations and their choices?
In-depth, in-person semi-structured interviews were conducted with mothers in the Camden-Philadelphia area. The women completed an instrument measuring belief in personal control. Interviews were tape-recorded; responses were transcribed and analyzed using open and closed coding. Inductive analysis was used to identify patterns and themes and construct a typlogy of relationships
The sample included 30 African American, 23 Puerto Rican and 22 White women between ages 19 and 46. Factor analysis verified three dimensions of Berrenberg's (1987) Belief in Personal Control Scale. Multivariate analysis on subscales among ethnic groups found that the African American group's belief in God-mediated control could be differentiated as stronger than that of the White group
Relationships between mothers and their children's fathers range along a continuum of connectedness from pregnancy resulting from rape or exploitation to committed relationships, common-law marriage and legal marriage. Sixty percent of relationships are in the combined categories of serious, committed and common-law marriage. Mothers report that their former partners who are fathers of their children continue to have an impact on their lives and their children's lives. Women evaluate actual and potential relationships in terms of their own and their children's safety and well-being, religious and moral beliefs, popular images, cautionary anecdotes and economic considerations. Many single mothers do wish to marry and might benefit from policies improving the economic viability of marriage for low-income families. Policies must also address the needs of families of single mothers whose partners have been abusive and of those who do not wish to marry or lack a marriageable partner
School code: 0190
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 64-12A
主題 Social Work
Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Women's Studies
Alt Author Rutgers The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick
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