Keepin' On The Everyday Struggles of Young Families in Poverty

ISBN-10: 1557667810

ISBN-13: 9781557667816

Edition: 2006

Authors: Jean Ispa, Kathy Thornburg, Mark Fine

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The result of a 5-year research project conducted in a major American city, this book is a vivid journey into the lives of nine young African-American mothers facing issues related to single parenthood and poverty. By conducting interviews with the mothers, the authors share insights regarding individual, family, community, and program factors that either facilitate or constrain the effectiveness of intervention programs. Timely and important topics such as child rearing, young fatherhood, home visiting, and domestic violence are discussed. The authors combine detailed case stories with research analysis and policy implementations to portray a rich picture of the lives of the mothers they studied and interpret their findings for policy, research, and practice. An essential resource for any early childhood professional, this compelling book gives readers critical insight into the many complex factors that affect any intervention with families in poverty.
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Book details

List price: $32.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Company Incorporated
Publication date: 3/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

I was born in Pryor, OK. My dad was a sharecropper and my mother owned three grocery stores in the Salina, OK area. I grew up in Oaks, OK and attended Oaks Mission High School. I was a farmer turned chemist in college. I always liked chemistry and got a degree in 1977 at NSU in Tahlequah, OK. I am a veteran of the Vietnam War. I have invented about a dozen products. I have three U.S. Patents.

The context : early head start and our research
The background
Introducing the mothers
Theoretical perspectives and research methods
Andreya : an in-depth case study
From birth to age 16
Becoming a mother
Mother of two
After moving out
Family and romantic relationships
Mothers' relationships with their parents and parent-figures
Matters of the heart : romantic relationships
Raising children
The children's fathers
Beyond the family
Neighbors and friends
Home visitor roles and dilemmas
Child care arrangements
Implications for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers
Improving the lives of children and families living in poverty
A research perspective
A practice perspective
A policy perspective
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