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Title:"Sometimes I Give and Sometimes I Get": Social Networks and Support Among Low -Income African-American Women
Author(s):Jefferson, Stephanie R.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Jarrett, Robin L.
Department / Program:Human and Community Development
Discipline:Human and Community Development
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Sociology, Individual and Family Studies
Abstract:This study examines the structure and dynamics of low-income African American women living in two severely impoverished communities in a large, urban city. It looks at how these networks function to assist women in their everyday lives. Using qualitative, in-depth interviews this study identified several important aspects of African American women's networks and a key dynamic. Findings revealed that the composition of social networks and the type of support supplied by networks are different according to women's life stage, self reliance is important to low-income African American women and that emotional support is as essential as tangible support. The key dynamic within social networks was reciprocity. These findings contribute to our substantive, theoretical and applied knowledge of social networks and social support for low-income African American women by elaborating upon the findings of previous studies, shedding light on network interactions and identifying specific practical applications that will help and support low-income African American women and their families.
Issue Date:2006
Description:164 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3223621
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2006

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