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Title: Work or welfare: The choice for single mothers in poverty
Author(s): Kerlin, Ann Elizabeth
Doctoral Committee Chair(s): Allen-Meares, Paula
Department / Program: Social Work
Discipline: Social Work
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: Ph.D.
Genre: Dissertation
Subject(s): Social Work Women's Studies Sociology, Public and Social Welfare
Abstract: This study examined the perspectives toward work and welfare of single mothers limited to either welfare or the minimum-wage job market to support their families. A snowball sampling technique resulted in a sample of ten women with experience both in the minimum-wage labor market and on welfare. The study took place over fourteen months. A qualitative design was used, including life histories, structured and unstructured interviews, and group interviews. The data were categorized into Incentives to Work and Disincentives to Work. Primary findings were that there are Incentives to Work consisting of psychosocial needs that are gratified by working. It was also found that there are Disincentives to Work within the Public Aid system and the labor market. Policy implications were discussed, based on the findings.
Issue Date: 1990
Type: Text
Language: English
Rights Information: Copyright 1990 Kerlin, Ann Elizabeth
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog: AAI9114290
OCLC Identifier: (UMI)AAI9114290

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