Poverty as context for the parenting experience of low-income Lumbee Indian mothers with a medically fragile infant.

Journal Article (Journal Article)


To explore the influence of poverty on the parenting experience and maternal developmental trajectory of Lumbee mothers with medically fragile infants.


A multiple-case study design using secondary data from a larger longitudinal study of parental role attainment with medically fragile infants.


Five cases involving mothers who were Lumbee Indians and who had medically fragile infants.


The key features of the mothers' talk about their parenting experiences were organized into categories that fit into five inductively derived themes related to poverty.


Health care professionals need to be aware of how the context of living in poverty affects mothers of high-risk infants who are hospitalized in tertiary care units. In particular, low-income mothers, especially American Indians living in high-poverty areas, urgently need improved community resources such as access to birth control; early prenatal care; programs to help reduce drug, alcohol, and tobacco use both during and following pregnancy; and follow-up health and developmental services for their infants.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Docherty, SL; Lowry, C; Miles, MS

Published Date

  • November 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 361 - 369

PubMed ID

  • 18069427

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-2880

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0730-0832

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1891/0730-0832.26.6.361


  • eng