Parental pathways to self-sufficiency and the well-being of younger children

Greg J. Duncan, Lisa Gennetian, Pamela Morris

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Abstract

The push for antipoverty programs that promote parents' self-sufficiency by requiring or supporting employment has been building for over thirty years, since the early 1980s. Yet increasing the self-sufficiency of single parents raises some important questions about how such strategies affect the development of their children. Most important, how do children fare when their parents increase their employment? Transitions from welfare to work may benefit children by placing them in stimulating child-care settings, creating positive maternal role models, promoting maternal self-esteem and sense of control, introducing productive daily routines into family life, and, eventually, fostering career advancement and higher earnings on the part of both parents and children. On the other hand, efforts to promote employment may overwhelm already stressed parents, force young children into substandard child care, reduce parents' abilities to monitor the behavior of their older children, and, for those unable to sustain steady employment, deepen family poverty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMaking the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families
PublisherRussell Sage Foundation
Pages117-148
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9780871544667
StatePublished - 2009

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self-sufficiency
parents
well-being
child care
child benefit
career advancement
single parent
role model
self-esteem
pricing
welfare
poverty
ability

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Duncan, G. J., Gennetian, L., & Morris, P. (2009). Parental pathways to self-sufficiency and the well-being of younger children. In Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families (pp. 117-148). Russell Sage Foundation.

Parental pathways to self-sufficiency and the well-being of younger children. / Duncan, Greg J.; Gennetian, Lisa; Morris, Pamela.

Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families. Russell Sage Foundation, 2009. p. 117-148.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Duncan, GJ, Gennetian, L & Morris, P 2009, Parental pathways to self-sufficiency and the well-being of younger children. in Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families. Russell Sage Foundation, pp. 117-148.
Duncan GJ, Gennetian L, Morris P. Parental pathways to self-sufficiency and the well-being of younger children. In Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families. Russell Sage Foundation. 2009. p. 117-148
Duncan, Greg J. ; Gennetian, Lisa ; Morris, Pamela. / Parental pathways to self-sufficiency and the well-being of younger children. Making the Work-Based Safety Net Work Better: Forward-Looking Policies to Help Low-Income Families. Russell Sage Foundation, 2009. pp. 117-148
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