Sources of support, child care, and hardship among unwed mothers, 1999-2001

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Welfare rolls have declined substantially since 1994. However, little is known about the coping strategies that poor mothers use to manage the competing demands of rearing and supporting their children under the new welfare regime. This article uses data from the national Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study to describe the sources of support and child-care arrangements upon which unwed mothers relied, as well as the difficulties they faced, approximately 5 years after welfare reform. Findings suggest that levels of hardship among unwed mothers are high and that cohabitation and employment are not associated with improved material conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)125-148
Number of pages24
JournalSocial Service Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science

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