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Öppna och stängda dörrar: En studie om identitetsomformningsprocessen hos ensamstående mödrar med invandrarbakgrund
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies.
2004 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Open and closed doors : A study of single immigrant mothers´identity reconstructing process (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this qualitative deep interview study was to gain deeper understanding of single immigrant mothers´life situation. Grounded Theory was the method of analysis. Repeated interviews with five immigrant women from different parts of the world showed that women were in need of wider and deeper social networks in order to reconstruct their identities. Social support and social networks benefit, not only reconstruction of identity, but also personal well-being. Yet it is difficult for them to create social networks in the new country, because of single motherhood. Using the idea of "fictive kinship", two alternatives of socioemotional support system were suggested in this study.

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2004. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
single mothers, immigrants, mental health, social support, fictive kinship
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Social Sciences Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-4677OAI: diva2:556668
Subject / course
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2012-10-08 Created: 2012-09-25 Last updated: 2012-10-08Bibliographically approved

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