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ERIC Number: EJ927138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0034-3552
The Benefits Trap: Barriers to Employment Experienced by SSA Beneficiaries
Olney, Marjorie F.; Lyle, Cindy
Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, v54 n4 p197-209 Jul 2011
In the first of two rounds of interviews, 12 Social Security Administration (SSA) beneficiaries, all of whom professed a desire to work, discussed their perspectives on barriers to employment. Two years later, 8 of the 12 engaged in a second round of interviews. Only 1 of the 8 participants had succeeded in becoming self-supporting. After a review of the literature concerning the effects of SSA procedures in discouraging beneficiaries from seeking full-time work, the authors tell the stories of these participants and then analyze the findings using a phenomenological framework. They conclude by positing suggestions for how to improve outcomes for SSA beneficiaries in the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Social Security