This article conceptualizes the stigmatization process that is associated with the use of Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) programs. A symbolic interactionist perspective the delineates the dynamics of stigma is used to frame the experiences of impoverised African American women who participate in such programs. Findings from a series of qualitative focus group interviews are used to assess current discussions of stigma and to inform efforts to reduce stigma.
- African American families
- Single parents
- Social stigma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)