Child support and women's experience : a narrative approach to a social problem

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dc.contributor.advisor Stamp, Glen H. en_US King, Kimberly M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:07Z 2011-06-03T19:38:07Z 1997 en_US 1997
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1997 .K56 en_US
dc.description.abstract Research has shown that both males and females agree that child-support payments should be consistent. However, census bureau data has indicated that nonpayment of child support is a significant problem in the United States. This study investigated the ways in which females make sense of the phenomenon of child support nonpayment via the construction of personal narratives.Ten adult females were interviewed to obtain stories of child-support nonpayment. The interviews were recorded and transcribed and discrete narratives were isolated for analysis. The constant comparative method was used to compare and contrast the data in order to discover the themes inherent to the process of sense-making through the construction of personal narratives.The analysis revealed three categories of narratives of child-support nonpayment: Action, Coping, and Prescriptive. The findings suggested that each of the categories revealed salient dimensions (i.e., themes) inherent to those categories. Furthermore, these themes were utilized to assign meaning to, and hence make sense of, the experience of child-support nonpayment.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Speech Communication
dc.format.extent viii, 107 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Desertion and non-support -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Communication. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Child support -- Public opinion. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Single mothers -- Attitudes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- Social conditions. en_US
dc.title Child support and women's experience : a narrative approach to a social problem en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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