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ERIC Number: ED471204
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Pages: 68
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Struggle for Self-Sufficiency: Participants in the Self-Sufficiency Project Talk about Work, Welfare, and Their Futures.
Bancroft, Wendy; Vernon, Sheila Currie
This report recounts experiences of 99 single parents in British Columbia and New Brunswick who were offered the opportunity to receive cash payments in addition to their earnings if they left the income assistance (IA) rolls and took full-time jobs. The experiences are from participants of focus groups who were mostly female single parents, about one-half of whom had taken advantage of the supplement offer and were working. Chapter 2 looks at what it is like to be an IA recipient from the single parent's point of view. It reveals emotional associations with IA and reports more reasoned evaluations that include the trade-offs between working and being on IA. Chapter 3 addresses the feelings, experiences, and issues associated with deciding whether to take the supplement offer. It analyzes factors contributing to acceptance, such as potential for improved self-image and better life; obstacles from welfare to work such as child care, getting a job, poor health, transportation; and major barriers for non-takers, including poor health, bad timing, effect on children, and discouraging job prospects. Chapter 4 focuses on takers, including logistical problems in finding a job and making child-care arrangements; characteristics of takers and circumstances in their lives that facilitated supplement take-up; how they handled potential barriers to taking up the supplement; attitudes that played a role in their behavior; and what their lives were like with the supplement. Chapter 5 reports where participants would like to be in five years. Chapter 6 draws conclusions. (YLB)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: Human Resources Development Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Social Research and Demonstration Corp., Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada