Invited for inclusion in this special issue of the Journal. Research was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (MH47312. MH51479) and the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCJ250809).
WORK AND WELFARE: Job Histories, Barriers to Employment, and Predictors of Work Among Low-Income Single Mothers
Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
1996 American Orthopsychiatric Association
American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 66, Issue 4, pages 526–537, October 1996
How to Cite
Brooks, M. G. and Buckner, J. C. (1996), WORK AND WELFARE: Job Histories, Barriers to Employment, and Predictors of Work Among Low-Income Single Mothers. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 66: 526–537. doi: 10.1037/h0080202
- Issue online: 24 MAR 2010
- Version of Record online: 24 MAR 2010
The work histories of 436 sheltered homeless and low-income women were analyzed to develop a predictive model of factors that facilitate employment possibilities for some low-income women and deter others from obtaining work. Findings suggest the need for programs of education, early intervention, and job training. However, the availability of adequate jobs and affordable child care are prerequisites for poor, single mothers to become self-supporting.