Aspires more to discovering and generating a theory on social support in the Chinese context than to verifying theories developed in the west. Applies the grounded theory method to investigate the support relationships of 27 working mothers in a particular neighborhood. Finds that the forms of support received and their intensity vary throughout the life course, and that most mothers interviewed adopted a family approach stressing close kin while others developed strategies of self-support or diversified support. Developed from a Ph.D. dissertation, for which no date or university are noted. No index. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.