Abstract

Data for this study comes from the Single Mom Initiative conducted by BYU Self-reliance Center. This study uses the Life Course perspective to examine how getting at least a bachelor's degree before or after becoming a single mother affects income levels. There was no significant difference in getting a degree before or after becoming a single mother on income levels. The study also shows how families, institutions, and governments can help single mothers. The results indicate that the number of children, employment status, and government educational assistance positively affect single mother's current enrollment in college, while receiving food stamps negatively affects their current enrollment.

Degree

MS

College and Department

Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology

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Date Submitted

2009-03-27

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd2869

Keywords

SINGLE MOTHER, HIGHER EDUCATION, GOVERNMENT HELP, LIFE COURSE PERSPECTIVE

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