Date of Award

Spring 5-8-1997

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Maria Brown

Second Advisor

Maria Dinis

Third Advisor

Nancy Coryell


The following historical study explored the characteristic of resilience or inner strength in women who survived the Great Depression. For the purpose of this study, women were limited to white working class. The research attempted to discover variables that supported resilience and propelled women into survival mode. Women searched desperately for employment and food to feed their families. How did women cope with extremities produced by the Depression? Using content analysis, this qualitative study examined historical documents in search of common factors that aided and supported resilience in women. The data revealed story after story of hardship that forced women to deal with long term adversity. The data did not address the presence of nor offer explanation about inner strength and resilience. This study addressed the importance in creating awareness of one's resilience through two theoretical perspectives. It also discussed implications for future study in social work policy and practice.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Follansb.VLH

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