The lived experience of homeless women with preschool children
Review TypeNone: Degree-based Submission
Repository Posting Date2020-06-26T21:50:21Z
Author(s)Averitt, Sandra S.
Author DetailsDr. Sandra S. Averitt, RN, PhD
Lead Author Sigma AffliationDelta Beta at-Large
Level of EvidenceDescriptive/Correlational
Research ApproachQuantitative Research
CINAHL HeadingsHomelessness--In Adulthood; Mothers; Homelessness--In Infancy and Childhood; Homelessness
The purpose of this study was to describe the lived experience of being a homeless woman with preschool children living in a temporary shelter. Six focus groups were conducted, in which 29 women from two shelters participated. An interpretive phenomenological approach to data analysis was used. Themes and exemplars were identified. Several strategies were used to assure the trustworthiness of the analysis: the use of a research assistant experienced in group process for debriefing after each focus group; the use of a computer data management program to assure that recurrent themes were identified; and the use of extensive notes with respect to the context of the group sessions. Finally, the interpretation of the data was brought back for group validation to assure that the analysis presented an accurate reflection of the women's voices. An over-riding pattern of the study was: being a homeless woman with preschool children living in a temporary shelter was HARD. Five constitutive patterns were identified: (1)"'When you're homeless, you ain't nobody"; (2) "They don't care"; (3) "It hurts me that I can't do anything for my child"; (4) "Homelessness is not choice"; and (5) Coping strategies. The women also discussed their concerns about shelter life. The findings from this study may be used to understand the experiences of homeless women. The shelter sites offer nurses a unique practice setting in which innovative interventions could be designed to promote the health and welfare of homeless women and their children.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 9812161; ProQuest document ID: 304343595. The author still retains copyright.
Advisor(s)Demi, Alice S.
Degree GrantorGeorgia State University
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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