Teen Mothers and the Revolving Welfare Doors

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Kathleen Mullan Harris reveals the relationship between black teenage mothers and the welfare system. Does welfare encourage them to maintain a life of dependency? How does education, marriage, and employment impact this relationship? How do these women escape dependency? Harris's account is based on Frank Furstenberg's Baltimore study, which began in the 1960s and has continued for more than 20 years. This study traces the paths of these mothers and provides commentary on the changes in the welfare system and ...
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Overview

Kathleen Mullan Harris reveals the relationship between black teenage mothers and the welfare system. Does welfare encourage them to maintain a life of dependency? How does education, marriage, and employment impact this relationship? How do these women escape dependency? Harris's account is based on Frank Furstenberg's Baltimore study, which began in the 1960s and has continued for more than 20 years. This study traces the paths of these mothers and provides commentary on the changes in the welfare system and the way society perceives welfare recipients. Not only are job prospects worse today but so are welfare benefits, and the abortion rate has risen drastically.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface and Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Adolescent Mothers and Poverty 1
Ch. 2 Data and Methods 29
Ch. 3 Patterns of Welfare Receipt 46
Ch. 4 Welfare Entry 63
Ch. 5 Routes of Welfare Exit 80
Ch. 6 Welfare Return 95
Ch. 7 Work and Welfare 108
Ch. 8 Implications for Welfare Policy 127
App. A Reliability of Data 145
App. B Methods of Analysis 147
Notes 165
Bibliography 171
Index 189
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