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This book examines the effects of work requirements imposed by welfare reform on low-income women and their families. The authors pay particular attention to the nature of work—whether it is stable or unstable, the number of hours worked in a week and the regularity and flexibility of work schedules. They also show how these factors make it more difficult for low-income women to balance their work and family requirements.


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  1. The Road to Welfare Reform
  2. The Women's Employment Study—Context and Content
  3. The Effect of Low-Income Mothers' Employment on Children
  4. Conclusions and Policy Implications


9780880993586 (cloth) ; 9780880993562 (pbk.) ; 9781441644886 (ebook)

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UNEMPLOYMENT, DISABILITY, and INCOME SUPPORT PROGRAMS; Poverty and income support; Income support programs; Low wage labor markets; WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT; Public training programs; Welfare to work

Mothers' Work and Children's Lives: Low-Income Families after Welfare Reform




Johnson, Rucker C., Ariel Kalil, and Rachel E. Dunifon, (with Barbara Ray). 2010. Mothers' Work and Children's Lives: Low-Income Families after Welfare Reform. Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

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