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Economic decisions of single mothers pursuing postsecondary education


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

This study examines the experiences and financial decisions of eight single mother undergraduate students attending Texas Woman's University. I used a socio-demographic questionnaire and conducted in-depth interviews to collect data. Erving Goffman's concept of stigma addresses how the perceived stigma attached to public assistance/welfare may deter single mothers from seeking public assistance. I sought to address the following questions: (1) What are the experiences of single mothers who are sole parenting while pursuing postsecondary education at Texas Woman's University? (2) How do these women simultaneously finance their college educations while being the sole providers for their children? (3) How does access to resources and support, both financial and emotional, influence their decisions to apply for public assistance and/or debt-incurring loans? Findings indicate that feelings of stigmatization deter women from seeking public assistance benefits, and that many single mother college students subsist on student loans and amass large amounts of debt.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Womens studies;
Welfare;
Higher education
Classification
0453: Womens studies
0630: Welfare
0745: Higher education
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Education
Title
Economic decisions of single mothers pursuing postsecondary education
Author
Hunken, Kristina
Number of pages
119
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0925
Source
MAI 46/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549247036
Advisor
Zottarelli, Lisa K.
University/institution
Texas Woman's University
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1448657
ProQuest document ID
304739404
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304739404
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