Understanding the Dynamics of Disconnection From Employment and Assistance

Publication Date: June 2, 2014

Introduction

The study, Understanding the Dynamics of Disconnection from Employment and Assistance, used interview data from a sample of 51 unmarried mothers from Southeast Michigan and Los Angeles, California, to learn more about their experiences related to work, benefit receipt, and material hardship, their overall well-being, and the economic coping strategies and sources of support they use to manage. This report is based on these qualitative interviews. Analysis of the interview data showed some differences between the samples due to age, location, and immigration status of the respondents, but also striking similarities.

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