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ERIC Number: EJ955897
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2158
Does a Baby Help Young Women Transition out of Homelessness? Motivation, Coping, and Parenting
Ruttan, Lia; Laboucane-Benson, Patricia; Munro, Brenda
Journal of Family Social Work, v15 n1 p34-49 2012
Homeless young women experience high levels of stress, challenges to mental health, substance use and abuse, and a lack of housing or of secure housing. This article explores one of the findings from a longitudinal qualitative study designed to follow homeless young women for a 2-year period as they make efforts to transition out of homelessness. Our objective was to determine the assets used by these young women as they survived on the street and to transition out of homelessness. The authors found that one of the primary reasons discussed for leaving homelessness was becoming pregnant and having a baby. However, most of the mothers reported increasing levels of stress as the baby became a toddler. They described themselves as using "soft drugs" as a mode of coping with this stress.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada