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Exploring the leisure of mothers who are living in a homeless shelter [electronic resource] /

by Maibach, Courtney.

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ABSTRACT: Nationally, the number of people who are homeless continues to increase. Among that population, the proportion of women and children is growing exponentially. However, this segment of the population has been underrepresented in academic literature. As a result, this study examined the lives of mothers living in a homeless shelter. Specifically, it focused on leisure in the lives of these women, and how the context of their lives affected, and was affected by their leisure. Residents from two homeless shelters took part in this study. Eight mothers from the shelters were interviewed using a semi-structured format to learn about their lives. The interviews were taped and transcribed, and analyzed constant comparison. Four of the mothers were Caucasian, three were African-American, and one was Hispanic. Their ages ranged from 23 to 44 years old. Three of the mothers had attended at least some college, and only one had not finished high school. None of the women were employed at the time of the interview. Two mothers each had one of her two children at another shelter, and another mother had neither of her children with her at the shelter. Three themes emerged from the data: stress, an ethic of care, and a lack of autonomy. All of the mothers had various stressors in their lives including the shelter staff, their children, living up to the ethic of care, not having a job, the shelter rules, being without a home, attitudes of other people, and a lack of autonomy in their lives. Despite these constraints, the mothers were able to engage in activities inside as well as outside the shelter that they found enjoyable, relaxing, and/or fun.
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School:University of Florida

School Location:USA - Florida

Source Type:Master's Thesis

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