Date of this Version
Dalla, R. L. (2004). “I fell off [the mothering] track”: Barriers to ‘effective mothering’ among street-level prostituted women. Family Relations / Special Issue: Complexity of Family Life Among Low Income and Working Poor, 53, 190-200. DOI: 10.1111/j.0022-2445.2004.00009.x
Ecological theory and basic assumptions for the promotion of effective mothering among low-income and working-poor women are applied in relation to a particularly vulnerable population: street-level prostitution-involved women. Qualitative data from 38 street-level prostituted women shows barriers to effective mothering at the individual, community and societal levels. Suggestions for enhancing the lives and long-term well-being of prostituted women with children are included.