A Study of Twenty Unmarried Mothers Know to the Westchester County Department of Family and Child Welfare Who Came to a Decision About Their Babies
Background of the Study. The problems accruing to society from unmarried motherhood are not new. The problem has been of major concern to society for many years, not only because of the cost of the problem but because of the resulting effect on family life. The unmarried mother has been stigmatized and condemned mercilessly throughout the history of mankind. She has been seen as a person violating the social mores as well as a threat to family life. In the past there has been little consideration of her as a person who is deeply unhappy and in need of special help. She has been the problem. Social prejudices around the unmarried mother have a tenacious hold on the social conscience. For most people the whole area of unconventional sex behavior is rife with feeling and conflict which is often the outgrowth of their own emotional life and experience.
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McKenna, Kathryn Shurtleff, "A Study of Twenty Unmarried Mothers Know to the Westchester County Department of Family and Child Welfare Who Came to a Decision About Their Babies" (1950). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30724994.