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ERIC Number: ED257529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Welfare Mothers in College.
Megerian, Rebekah
This report discusses the role that colleges can play in helping welfare mothers overcome cycles of dependence and improve their career and life prospects; and indicates the ways in which colleges can benefit from the entrance of welfare mothers by improving counseling, financial aid, career counseling, and other services. After an introduction outlining ways in which all parties--taxpayers, colleges, the mothers, and their children--can benefit from colleges' targeting welfare mothers, the overall problems of poverty, and social and economic deprivation of welfare mothers, especially among blacks, are highlighted. Following an account of the case of one young welfare mother's experience in college, a review of the literature on the experience of welfare mothers in college is provided. The remainder of the paper argues that general counseling services need to concentrate more on cultural factors in the mother's experience then on sex; identifies financial aid services as the most critical area for most of the mothers attending college; highlights career counseling as normally the next most important area of concern to the mothers; and discusses the roles of other services such as student activities, registration, and health care in helping to ensure the retention and academic success of the welfare mothers. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of North Carolina at Greensboro.