Welfare stigma among low-income, African American single mothers

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-374
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • African American families
  • Policy
  • Single parents
  • Social stigma
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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