BEATING THE ODDS: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY ON SINGLE MOTHERS' LIVED EXPERIENCES IN CHILD-REARING PRACTICES
Asian Journal of Current Research,
Single motherhood is now becoming a "norm," the number of single mothers has been steadily increasing for so many reasons such as giving birth outside marriage, separation, divorce, annulment, the death of a partner, or simply because some women chose to have a child and stay single. The study explored the lived experiences of single mothers in raising their children. Thus, the study aims to determine how single mothers cope with their situation to provide improved life to their children and themselves. The researchers have employed qualitative research methodology. The fundamental question is, what are the lived experiences of single mothers in child-rearing practices? The study's findings revealed that financial problems (struggles in meeting the basic needs of the children/family) and loneliness as the predominant feeling among single mothers are the common problems and experiences of being a single mother. Faith, support from family and community, and their job play an essential role in coping with their situation and helping them survive. It made them feel suitable for themselves, and they were trustworthy and independent in raising their children as single mothers. The study also suggests a need to recognize the struggles of single mothers and their children and call for interventions by both government and social workgroups to help them cope with single parenthood's financial, psychological, and emotional challenges.
- Single mothers
- lived experiences
- exploratory study
- child-rearing practices.
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