Reconnecting: A Grounded Theory Study of Formerly Homeless Mothers
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Repository Posting Date2019-12-05T17:44:13Z
Author(s)Cone, Pamela H.
Author DetailsPamela Heneise Cone, PhD, MSN, BSN, RN, CNS
Lead Author Sigma AffliationIota Sigma
Level of EvidenceGrounded Theory
Research ApproachQualitative Research
Homelessness is a condition that adversely affects the spirit, mind, and body of an individual. Homeless mothers are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population and are a vulnerable, at-risk group. Current strategies for care of the homeless focus primarily on providing food and shelter, strategies that keep them alive, but give only temporary help. The purpose of this grounded theory study was to explore the experience of homelessness from the perspective of formerly homeless mothers and to describe and discover the process whereby they navigated the pitfalls of homelessness and got off the streets into stable housing. The theoretical sample included 18 English-speaking women at least 18 years old and 12 first-hand stories from the literature. Data collection involved participant observations and semi-structured interviews. Constant comparative analysis of data began with open coding of the first interview and continued until themes emerged and categories were saturated. Participants had the opportunity to voice their opinions of the emerging theory, which gave the researcher confirmation of findings. The state of homeless mothers is a complex case of limited financial resources, a fragmented social network, and a refusal to be separated from their children. For formerly homeless mothers, becoming homeless was clearly a result of disconnection from various types of support. Reconnecting is the process whereby formerly homeless mothers resolved homelessness. This process includes connecting with others, revaluing of self, mutually finding solutions, and reintegrating into society. The theoretical code, reciprocal causation, is what links the categories of the reconnecting process. The mutuality of the connections forms an amplifying causal loop. Conclusions are that social interactions can influence the overall experience of homelessness and the ability of homeless mothers to overcome their situation, suggesting that building social networks must be included in the plan for overcoming homelessness.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 3221155; ProQuest document ID: 305348451. The author still retains copyright.
Advisor(s)Waters, Catherine M.
Degree GrantorUniversity of California, San Francisco
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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