Welfare history, sanctions, and developmental outcomes among low-income children and youth

Brenda J. Lohman*, Laura D. Pittman, Rebekah Levine Coley, P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

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Abstract

Using representative sample of low-income, urban preschoolers (n = 755) and adolescents (n = 1,130), this article addresses links among family welfare receipt, family processes, and child outcomes. For adolescents, family welfare receipt is related to decreased cognitive achievement and heightened behavioral and emotional problems. For preschoolers, both current and past welfare receipt are associated with problematic functioning. Families who received welfare sanctions have children with particularly problematic developmental outcomes. Mothers' human capital, health, and parenting practices attenuate many of these links. Policy implications regarding potential impacts of welfare reform on children's developmental trajectories are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-73
Number of pages33
JournalSocial Service Review
Volume78
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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