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ERIC Number: EJ864681
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0022-2445
The Role of Trust in Low-Income Mothers' Intimate Unions
Burton, Linda M.; Cherlin, Andrew; Winn, Donna-Marie; Estacion, Angela; Holder-Taylor, Clara
Journal of Marriage and Family, v71 n5 p1107-1124 Dec 2009
Recent scholarship concerning low rates of marriage among low-income mothers emphasizes generalized gender distrust as a major impediment in forming sustainable intimate unions. Guided by symbolic interaction theory and longitudinal ethnographic data on 256 low-income mothers from the Three-City Study, we argue that generalized gender distrust may not be as influential in shaping mothers' unions as some researchers suggest. Grounded theory analysis revealed that 96% of the mothers voiced a general distrust of men, yet that distrust did not deter them from involvement in intimate unions. Rather, the pivotal ways mothers enacted trust in their partners were demonstrated by 4 emergent forms of interpersonal trust that we labeled as suspended, compartmentalized, misplaced, and integrated. Implications for future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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