ERIC Number: ED406470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
New Findings of Welfare and Children's Development: Summary of a Research Briefing.
Phillips, Deborah, Ed.; Bridgman, Anne, Ed.
In April 1996 the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Family and Child Well-Being Research Network convened their second annual research briefing on welfare and children's development. The briefing was intended to: (1) create a venue for productive exchange between researchers and policy makers; (2) maximize the usefulness of research in helping decision makers; and (3) encourage more assessments of children's development and family processes in efforts to track and evaluate welfare reform. The complicating effects of social conditions make it difficult to determine whether welfare itself creates problems for children or whether children would fare poorly in these families even if they did not receive welfare. Research presented at the briefing explores, but does not resolve this question, and introduces others regarding the timing of welfare receipt, the conditions associated with long-term effects, and the factors that contribute to intergenerational welfare receipt. Research was also presented that suggests that children's development is not compromised when their mothers combine employment and welfare receipt. Unresolved is the question of how children would fare when mothers' work is mandated and welfare benefits are terminated. Researchers and state welfare administrators also discussed efforts to assess child outcomes and to derive lessons from state welfare reforms. Their efforts make it clear that there are many issues to consider as states move toward welfare-to-work programs. (Contains 2 tables, 2 figures, and 43 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Child Development, Children, Cooperation, Disadvantaged Youth, Employment, Information Dissemination, Mothers, Policy Formation, Public Policy, Social Problems, Urban Youth, Welfare Recipients, Welfare Reform, Welfare Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, Washington, DC. Board on Children, Youth, and Families.