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Darlene: Complex People, Complex Problems

Jill Duerr Berrick

in Faces of Poverty

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780195113754
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893546 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113754.003.0006
Darlene: Complex People, Complex Problems

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This chapter tells the story of Darlene, who is stuck. She is stuck in a dysfunctional family; she is stuck in poverty, has known it all her life, and does not know how to get out. She is stuck in the role of a single parent and does not know how to share that responsibility. Darlene wanted to be more and to do more with her life. She had visions of going to college, getting a law degree, and providing for her son, James. But her dreams for a better future never materialized, and they probably never will. Darlene is caught in a web of poverty, punctured by a history of deep psychopathology; a legacy willed to her by her father.

Keywords: welfare system; poverty; poor women; single mothers; self-esteem; dysfunctional families; mental illness

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