A phenomenological approach examined the stories of ten women transitioning from childhood poverty to adult life. Women were chosen from a pool of participants in an Upward Bound program designed to assist low-income and/or first-generation college students in the Midwestern United States. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to retrospectively explore their lived experiences. Recurring themes included facilitators of change, specifically the people, including mental health professionals, family members, romantic partners, and friends who helped make change possible. Another frequent theme found in the research was the impact an education had on the participants. Finally, the participants shared their own insights related to the stigma of poverty and their diverse experiences in transitioning away from poverty. Research findings could prove beneficial to social service professionals interested in understanding the complex realities of resilient, impoverished women.
Phenomenology, Poverty, Women, Motherhood
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Marsh-McDonald, C. M., & Schroeder, S. (2012). Women in Transition: A Qualitative Analysis of Definitions of Poverty and Success. The Qualitative Report, 17(46), 1-22. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2012.1707