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ERIC Number: ED547530
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 119
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2674-6052-3
The Perspectives of Urban Single Mothers on Raising Adolescents with Aggressive Behaviors Associated with Emotional Disabilities
Adewuyi, Olubade
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Single mothers of adolescents with emotional disabilities (ED) have a unique and sometimes difficult childrearing task. Researchers in some studies concluded that these children have a significantly higher incidence of school aggression than their peers from two-parent families. A substantive body of research explores parenting in families of children with disabilities. However, much less is known about the parenting experiences of single mothers of children with behaviors associated with ED. To fill the gap, this study explored the perspectives of 10 single mothers raising adolescents with aggressive behaviors. Belsky's model provided a framework for understanding the parenting dimensions of the participants. The research questions examined how single mothers perceived their experiences and parenting practices in raising aggressive adolescents. A qualitative phenomenological design was employed within a purposeful sample of 10 interview participants selected from an urban northeastern school district. Data were obtained primarily through open ended interview questions. Data analysis included open coding to identify emerging themes and patterns. The most common themes to emerge from these responses included economic, social, and emotional factors experienced by all participants due to noninvolvement by fathers. The findings are significant for educators and single mothers alike in their attempts to reduce the aggressive behaviors and improve the academic performance of their adolescents. These results can provide pathways for positive social change when the knowledge gained is used to mediate policies and interventions that boost school and community resources for single mothers in their struggles to strengthen their parenting skills and effectively raise adolescents with ED. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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