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Title:The Garden of Eves: Non-Kin Social Support Among Low-Income African American Single Mothers in a Public Housing Community
Author(s):Reid, Amanda H.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Allen, Nicole E.
Department / Program:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Black Studies
Abstract:In many ways, findings from this study are similar those reported in studies conducted in low-income areas of large cities. Single mothers frequently identified tangible support as essential to their survival, and pointed to family members as their primary providers of support. However, they also discussed some of the inherent complexities of relying on families for support. In addition, even in the context of a small city there was evidence for restriction of neighbor relations, as reported in studies conducted in large metropolitan cities. However, while there was no global support network of non-kin mothers within Prairie Gardens, most participants exchanged vital resources with at least one other single mother in the public housing community. This small non-kin network of support seemed strategically chosen based on the promise of reciprocity.
Issue Date:2009
Description:131 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2009.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3363136
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2009

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