Employment, Economic Hardship, and Sources of Assistance in Low-Income, Single-Mother Families Before Versus During and After the Great Recession

Mary Keegan Eamon, Chi-Fang Wu

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Abstract

Using two samples of low-income, single-mother families from the Survey of Income and Program Participation, this study examined differences in employment status before versus during and after the Great Recession. The authors also examined economic hardship and receipt of government and private assistance based on mothers' employment status within and between the two samples. During and after the Great Recession, experiencing certain employment problems is more common than in the prerecession months. However, in both periods, these families are vulnerable to economic problems, and receipt of public benefits is more common than private assistance. These findings vary by mothers' employment status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)135-156
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Poverty
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • employment status
  • Great Recession
  • poverty
  • public assistance
  • single mothers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Sociology and Political Science

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