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The effect of economic stability on family stability among welfare recipients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15860764     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The main rationale for defining two-parent families eligible for welfare was to keep families intact by eliminating an incentive for union dissolution. But there are other reasons for family instability, most notably women's reduced economic gain from marriage associated with having a chronically unemployed husband. This article explores the hypothesis that husband's unemployment increases union dissolution among welfare recipients. The analysis uses data from California's Link-Up demonstration project. A discrete-time event-history methodology was employed to examine family instability. The findings show that husband's unemployment and the family's long-term welfare dependency lead to breakup, net of race, age, and number of children.
Alisa C Lewin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Evaluation review     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0193-841X     ISO Abbreviation:  Eval Rev     Publication Date:  2005 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-29     Completed Date:  2005-07-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8004942     Medline TA:  Eval Rev     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  223-40     Citation Subset:  T    
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Haifa.
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MeSH Terms
Divorce / statistics & numerical data
Family Characteristics*
Social Welfare*

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