A Study of the Process and Challenges of Single Professional Mothers who Raise Academically Motivated Male Children

A Study of the Process and Challenges of Single Professional Mothers who Raise Academically Motivated Male Children

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Since the 1970s, there has been a significant increase in the number of children raised in single-mother-headed households with boys underachieving academically. Mothers' education has a positive influence on academic achievement of children. However, minimal research has focused on single professional females raising male children. Using the human ecology and self-efficacy theories, a grounded theory qualitative study explored what approaches and strategies single professional mothers utilize to facilitate academic motivation in their male children. The two main research questions explored are what processes and challenges did single professional mothers utilize to raise academically motivated males and how does a professional single mother's education assist her to raise an academically motivated male. The study interviews 10 single professional female participants who have raised or are presently raising male children. Through open coding, axial coding, and selective coding, the findings indicated raising an academically motivated male child is dependent on prioritizing education, including instilling the value of learning; studying academics daily and providing academically stimulating activites, having financial resources, and being a role model. Spending time with the child and instilling discipline and responsibility are additional variables noted. This study recommended policy makers to provide financial incentives to single mothers to pursue a college degree. It also offered single professional mothers approaches to facilitate academically motivated males, thereby enabling millions of male children raised by single mothers to become motivated, projective, and creative contributors to the society.In a similar study using eighth graders, Pong (1997) studied the academic achievement of schools with students predominantly ... Using data from the Louisiana Department of Education, Bankston and Caldas examined whether there was aanbsp;...


Title:A Study of the Process and Challenges of Single Professional Mothers who Raise Academically Motivated Male Children
Author: Donna Gail Broide
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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