"I Fell Off [the Mothering] Track": Barriers to "Effective Mothering" Among Prostituted Women

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Ecological theory and basic assumptions for the promotion of effective mothering among low-income and working-poor women are applied in relation to a particularly vulnerable population: street-level prostitution-involved women. Qualitative data from 38 street-level prostituted women shows barriers to effective mothering at the individual, community, and societal levels. Suggestions for enhancing the lives and long-term well-being of prostituted women with children are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-200
Number of pages11
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2004



  • At-risk populations
  • Mothering
  • Prostitution
  • Social policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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