Poverty’ impacts holistic health and wellness, yet little research in counseling has been conducted exploring the holistic wellness and self-care of marginalized groups. Self-care and wellness are important components of overall mental health, and integrating strategies for self-care and wellness can support mental health counseling practice. A transcendental phenomenological design was used to explore and describe the wellness and self-care experiences of 10 single mothers in poverty. Data were collected using individual, face-to-face, semi-structured interview’s, conducted for 45 to 60 minutes each. Major themes that emerged from the data include (a) barriers to wellness and self-care, (b) supports with wellness and self-care, (c) single mothers’ awareness of wellness and self-care, and (d) personal strengths of single mothers in poverty. Implications for clinical mental health counselors include utilizing strengths-based approaches, wellness, and advocacy interventions for single mothers in poverty’.
SOURCE: Long, M. Clark, M. Ausions, C. Jacoby, R. McGhee, C. “The Wellness and Self-Care Experience of Single Mothers in Poverty: Strategies for Mental Health Counselors.” Journal of Mental Health Counseling . Oct 2019, Vol. 41 Issue 4, p343-358. 16p.
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