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Family and Family Therapy
2016 Volume.24 No. 2 p.269 ~ p.296
Experiences of Unmarried Mothers
Lee Jung-In

Lee In-Soo
Abstract
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of unmarried mothers of single children.

Methods: The research method was guided by Strauss & Corbin’s (1988) grounded theory. In-depth interviews were conducted with seven adult unmarried mothers who were raising one child.

Results: From the open coding, 96 concepts, 32 subcategories, and 13 categories were derived. The central phenomenon that resulted from axial coding was “my family boundary.” The selective coding produced the key category “making my family.” The processes of the following four steps were analyzed: recognition and adjustment, solution-seeking, separation from the family-of-origin, and making new relationships with the family-of-origin.

Conclusions: When family counseling takes into consideration an unmarried mother’s risk and protective factors, the family can operate well
KEYWORD
unmarried mother, grounded theory, family counseling
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