ISSUES AND PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper is to synthesize the current qualitative literature on homeless women with children living in shelters. METHODS: Eighteen qualitative studies on homeless women with children living in shelters were included in the synthesis. The meta-synthesis was conducted using the meta-ethnographic approach of Noblit and Hare (1988). RESULTS: Six reciprocal translations (themes) of homeless mothers caring for their children in shelters emerged: On becoming homeless, protective mothering, loss, stressed and depressed, survival strategies, and strategies for resolution. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: The results may be used by healthcare workers as a framework for developing intervention strategies directed toward helping mothers find new solutions to dealing with shelter living and innovative ways to resolve their homelessness.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN|
|State||Published - 2003|
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