While it is known that low-income mothers from certain populations in the USA often do not access traditional social supports, the other strategies they use to meet their care giving and related needs are not well understood. An inquiry led by Urban Institute will systematically identify some of the positive alternative strategies mothers with low income use to meet their caregiving and related needs (eg, stress reduction, economic security), in the absence of social supports, particularly formal ones.
The project aims to create policy and practice recommendations for how public entities, helping agencies, and neighbors might support or improve the “coping with care giving” mechanisms of isolated mothers in their communities or states/regions.
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