ERIC Number: ED460802
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Single Parents' Attitudes toward and Use of Government and Community Assistance: A Needs Assessment To Plan Interventions That Preserve Family Function and Lower the Risk of Poverty. Final Report and Executive Summary.
Brown, J. Lynne; Jensen, Leif; Mastrofski, Jennifer
Interviews with 107 rural divorced, single mothers in 6 Pennsylvania counties examined their use of and attitudes toward community assistance programs, workfare, and educational programs. Many respondents had used welfare and nutrition programs and felt the programs were needed. However, they felt that child feeding programs were more accessible and less stigmatized than welfare or emergency programs. Only a quarter of the women had used Head Start, support groups, parenting education, money management, food education, or career development programs. Barriers to attending these programs included time constraints, location, poor transportation, fees, social stigma, and a lack of awareness of the programs. A majority felt that marriage education programs should be required to obtain a marriage license. Use of services and attitudes toward welfare and educational programs differed by income, age of children, rural/urban residence, and extent of experience with such programs. Most interviewees reported that divorce had affected their ability to feed their family. Those who had a lower income, lived alone, had less informational support, or had older children were affected more. Eleven recommendations address increasing assistance to needy single-parent families; increasing awareness of human services programs; need to change welfare staff attitudes; increasing job training and opportunities; partnerships with local agencies; involving participants in how programs are delivered; and introduction of marriage reparation classes. Contains 109 references and 26 data tables. (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Harrisburg.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania