“I Fell Off [the Mothering] Track”: Barriers to “Effective Mothering” Among Prostituted Women

Authors

  • Rochelle Dalla

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      * Dr. Rochelle Dalla, ASH 105b, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Omaha Campus), 60th & Dodge, Omaha, NE 68182-0214 (dalla@uomaha.edu).
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* Dr. Rochelle Dalla, ASH 105b, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln (Omaha Campus), 60th & Dodge, Omaha, NE 68182-0214 (dalla@uomaha.edu).

Abstract

Ecological theory and basic assumptions for the promotion of effective mothering among low-income and working-poor women are applied in relation to a particularly vulnerable population: street-level prostitution-involved women. Qualitative data from 38 street-level prostituted women shows barriers to effective mothering at the individual, community, and societal levels. Suggestions for enhancing the lives and long-term well-being of prostituted women with children are included.

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