ERIC Number: EJ885972
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Parents' Perspectives on Homelessness and Its Effects on the Educational Development of Their Children
Morris, Rita I.; Butt, Rachael A.
Journal of School Nursing, v19 n1 p43-50 2003
This qualitative study explored parents' perceptions of how their homelessness affected the development and academic achievement of their children. Grounded theory with symbolic interactionism was the framework for this study. Data were collected through semistructured interviews with 34 homeless families in a variety of settings. Multiple factors were found, including unstable relationships, abuse and violence, abdication of parental responsibility, poor parenting models, and resilient children. The findings present a case for supportive educational services for homeless school-age children. School nurses play a dual role. They can ensure that school personnel and resource providers understand the culture of homelessness, and they can develop and implement innovative programs for parents and school personnel to help homeless children.
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Educational Development, Housing Needs, Homeless People, School Nurses, Disadvantaged Youth, School Personnel, Parent Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Academic Achievement, Guidelines, Child Abuse, Family Violence, Child Neglect, Personality Traits, Models, Role
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