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Fall 2009


parenting, poverty, employment, visible minorities, Canada


This paper explores the relationships between barriers to employment for visible minority immigrants, poverty, Mothering Discourse and child welfare intervention. It is argued that the barriers that visible minority immigrant face in securing suitable employment is the main factor contributing to the poverty of these groups in Canada. The stressors associated with lack of financial security and its associated problems, combined with perceptions regarding cultural norms related to parenting within visible minority populations make the children in these families at risk of child abuse and neglect. The North American Mothering Discourse and the manner in which it causes visible minority immigrant mothers to be labelled as “bad mothers” are discussed.


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Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies


School of Community Studies


Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering


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Chaze, F. (2009). Child Welfare Intervention in Visible Minority Immigrant Families: The Role of Poverty and the Mothering Discourse. Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, 11(2), 56-65.

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