The traditional Chinese culture influences perspectives toward family, marital status, and living style in Macau SAR, where Eastern cultures meet Western cultures. Although the Western living styles and standards highly influence the daily practices of residents; broken marriage, single parenting, and divorce are considered taboo in the community. The purpose of this study was to understand how teenaged single mothers describe their sources of stress and difficulties in the city. Eight single mothers, who were at different stages in single parenting and broken marriages, were interviewed and asked to share their lived stories. Guided by the Ecological System Theory, analysis of the data indicated that sources of stress and the behaviors of individuals may be highly influenced by surrounding people, environments, and societies. The results of the current study can help social caring providers and policymakers to better understand not only lived experiences of single mothers, but also the social problems, difficulties, and source of stress of the particular groups of people in society.
Macau, Divorced, Ecological System Theory, Lived Stories, Narrative Method, Single Parenting, Stress
Funding: The study was supported by Woosong University Academic Research Funding 2020.
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Dos Santos, L. (2020). Culture Stress and Difficulties: Lived Stories of Teenaged Mothers in Macau. The Qualitative Report, 25(11), 3976-3992. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2020.3874