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Title: Constraints and coping strategies of female-heads of households: A study of urban poor communities in Bangladesh
Keywords: Female-headed households, resources, constraints, coping, Bangladesh.
Issue Date: 5-Dec-2006
Citation: TANZIMA ZOHRA HABIB (2006-12-05). Constraints and coping strategies of female-heads of households: A study of urban poor communities in Bangladesh. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: AbstractIn Bangladesh, the number of female headed households (FHHs) is increasing, and these households represent one of the most vulnerable groups within the society. In order to design interventions that are effective in dealing with the FHHs, it is important to understand their needs, backgrounds, constraints and survival strategies. The methodology applied in this research was a combination of qualitative and quantitative approaches. The data was collected from 120 female heads of households living in urban poor communities of Rajshahi city, Bangladesh, by using a structured questionnaire. To obtain detailed information of the socio-cultural and financial constraints faced by female heads and the coping strategies adopted by them, 10 indepth interviews were conducted. The findings suggest that the FHHs are victims of multidimensional poverty as they lack tangible resources like assets, money and commodities, human resources like skills and abilities and intangible resources like information, security and self-esteem. The data from the study indicate that the female heads of the households in Bangladesh are facing both financial and social constraints in different facets of their life. To cope with their adversities the female heads applied problem focused and emotion focused strategies of coping. This research will provide some useful insight for the social workers and policy makers to have a better understanding about the constraints and needs of female heads of households and to make intervention plans for the well being of FHHs in Bangladesh.
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