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dc.contributor.advisorAdams, Deborah D
dc.contributor.advisorMessinger, Lori
dc.contributor.authorWheeler-Brooks, Jennifer
dc.description.abstractThis study explores the role of social networks in the lives of participants in an asset building program. Focus groups were conducted with parents whose children hold accounts in a multi-site demonstration project of Children's Savings Accounts. The study's research questions were: 1) How can the social networks of parents' be understood? Do they have both supportive and leveraging relationships? 2) How do parents' social networks influence their participation in asset building programs? 3) How does participation in asset building programs influence parents' social networks? Four major findings were identified. First, parents described networks rich in supportive relationships but lack leveraging relationships. Second, parents' reported that their social networks influenced their ability to save as well as their participation in program activities. Third, parents reported that participating in program activities influenced their social networks, although there were no similar reports of the accumulated savings in the accounts themselves influencing social networks. Finally, parents spoke of a desire for community. Implications for practice, policy, and research follow.
dc.format.extent101 pages
dc.publisherUniversity of Kansas
dc.rightsThis item is protected by copyright and unless otherwise specified the copyright of this thesis/dissertation is held by the author.
dc.subjectSocial work
dc.subjectPublic and social welfare
dc.subjectAsset building
dc.subjectAsset development
dc.subjectChildren's savings accounts
dc.subjectEconomic networks
dc.subjectSocial networks
dc.titleThat's the Thing with Community: Social Networks and Asset Development
dc.contributor.cmtememberScanlon, Edward
dc.contributor.cmtememberJohnson, Toni
dc.contributor.cmtememberLeRoux, Kelly
dc.thesis.degreeDisciplineSocial Welfare
kusw.oapolicyThis item does not meet KU Open Access policy criteria.

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