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ERIC Number: EJ837847
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
In Spite of All, We Make It: Themes of Stress and Resiliency as Told by Women in Families Living in Poverty
Vandsburger, Etty; Harrigan, Marcia; Biggerstaff, Marilyn
Journal of Family Social Work, v11 n1 p17-35 May 2008
The purpose of this research study was to increase our understanding of how families living in poverty successfully meet life challenges. Family resiliency provided the theoretical framework for examining family coping and adaptation. This study used a purposive sample of women (N = 128) in families with children attending Head Start. All families lived below or at poverty level, most with 11th grade education or high-school/GED diploma. Content analysis methods were used for data analysis. Results of this study identify the characteristics that promote competence, including how individual, family, and environmental factors are potential stressors that also may serve to promote family resilience. The data indicate that family love and mutual support, as well as faith, help stressed families cope and maintain meaning in spite of lack of control over life circumstances resulting from economic poverty. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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