Rural African-American women who use cocaine: Needs and future aspirations related to their mothering role
Abbreviated Journal Title
Community Ment. Health J.
rural; African-American; mothers; ethnography; cocaine; SUBSTANCE-ABUSE; FAMILIES; SERVICES; CONTEXT; IMPACT; CARE; Health Policy & Services; Public, Environmental & Occupational Health; Psychiatry
The overall purpose of this ethnographic study was to understand the culture of rural African-American women who use cocaine, with this report focusing on their perceived mothering needs and future aspirations. Three semi-structured interviews and participant observations were conducted over four years with 30 respondents, of which 24 were mothers. Data for this article were derived from the 21 mothers who cared for dependent children. Four mothering-related needs (escape from boredom, others to help mother for them, not having others' children to mother, and having children to "keep them going") and two categories of mothering-related aspirations (child-focused or self-focused) were identified. Given the limited resources in the area, an unexpected finding was the absence of some needs and aspirations. Theoretical explanations for the themes identified as well as those not identified are posited, and practice and research implications are presented.
Community Mental Health Journal
"Rural African-American women who use cocaine: Needs and future aspirations related to their mothering role" (2006). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5990.