ERIC Number: ED229499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
A Growing Crisis: Disadvantaged Women and Their Children. Clearinghouse Publication 78.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
This report is based on the 1982 Current Population Survey data from the Bureau of Census and examines the declining status of female-headed households in the United States. The study concentrates on White, Black, and Hispanic women and their children. Factors associated with poverty are examined, including marital status, employment, and training and education. Health is cited as a variable that can lead a family into poverty and inhibit its movement out of it. Some of the study's findings are: (1) increases in unwed motherhood and marital breakup contribute to poverty among Black and Hispanic women; (2) teenage pregnancy prevents young mothers from acquiring marketable skills; (3) family socioeconomic status has a moderate influence on children's future economic status; (4) many women who head households remain poor despite their work efforts; (5) occupational choice affects a woman's earnings; (6) the lower the level of educational attainment of women, the higher the poverty rate; (7) inequitable access to vocational training presents barriers for minority women; (8) disadvantaged women lack access to health care; (9) linguistic barriers present problems for Hispanic women; and (10) poverty, particularly among single parents with poor education, is a major cause of emotional stress. (AOS)
Descriptors: Blacks, Economically Disadvantaged, Educational Attainment, Emotional Problems, Employment Level, Employment Opportunities, Heads of Households, Health Needs, Hispanic Americans, Income, Minority Group Children, Mothers, One Parent Family, Poverty, Quality of Life, Sex Discrimination, Socioeconomic Status
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.