Community leaders' perceptions of single, low-income mothers' needs and concerns for social support

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Purposes of this study were to (a) assess and describe needs and concerns of single, low-income mothers during their transition to parenthood from the perspective of 16 Midwestern community leaders working closely with families and (b) evaluate social support mechanisms that are available for families. Focus group questions were organized around social support theory to gather information. The following themes evolved from focus group discussions: (a) social support issues (emotional, tangible, informational, and appraisal support; positive and negative support); (b) personal barriers to success (stress, low self-esteem, isolation, and inadequate parenting competence); and (c) system barriers (fear of the system and insensitive and ineffective services). Community health nursing strategies were identified that include assessment and interventions for this vulnerable population throughout their infants' 1st year of life and beyond.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)241-257
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Community Health Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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