Mothers' transitions from welfare to work and the well-being of preschoolers and adolescents

P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale*, Robert A. Moffitt, Brenda J. Lohman, Andrew J. Cherlin, Rebekah Levine Coley, Laura D. Pittman, Jennifer Roff, Elizabeth Votruba-Drzal

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Abstract

Results from a longitudinal study of 2402 low-income families during the recent unprecedented era of welfare reform suggest that mothers' transitions off welfare and into employment are not associated with negative outcomes for preschoolers (ages 2 to 4 years) or young adolescents (ages 10 to 14 years). Indeed, no significant associations with mothers' welfare and employment transitions were found for preschoolers, and the dominant pattern was also of few statistically significant associations for adolescents. The associations that did occur provided slight evidence that mothers' entry into the labor force was related to improvements in adolescents' mental health, whereas exits from employment were linked with teenagers' increased behavior problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1548-1552
Number of pages5
JournalScience
Volume299
Issue number5612
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 7 2003

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