Needs, concerns, and social support of single, low-income mothers

Rebecca Keating-Lefler, Diane Brage Hudson, Christie Campbell-Grossman, Missy Ofe Fleck, Joan Westfall

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The purposes of this qualitative pilot study were to describe needs and concerns of single, low-income mothers and to evaluate social support mechanisms these mothers valued during the transition to parenthood. Qualitative analysis consisted of word and context interpretation from focus group data. The following themes resulted from the discussion: (a) transition: resilience, finding new direction, and an array of emotions and mixed feelings; (b) stress: loss, isolation, and barriers; and (c) social support: positive and negative social support, and the need for informational, appraisal, emotional, and tangible support. Nursing interventions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-401
Number of pages21
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health


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