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Changing Circumstances: Experiences of Child SSI Recipients Before and After Their Age-18 Redetermination for Adult Benefits


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  • Jeffrey Hemmeter
  • Jacqueline Kauff
  • David Wittenburg


This paper provides an analysis of the dynamics of the transition of child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients into adulthood, using linked 2001-2002 National Survey of Children and Families survey and Social Security Administration administrative data. The authors examine the interaction of impairment status, reported health needs, and other self-reported indicators of human capital on SSI program and employment outcomes after age 18. They find that after controlling for measures of disability severity, duration, and human capital, youth with other mental and behavioral disorders are much less likely to receive SSI at age 19. Their findings also suggest that non-health-related factors, particularly education, employment, and social indicators, play an important role in the probability of a child SSI recipient being on adult SSI after age 18.

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Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 5924.

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Length: 49
Date of creation: 26 Feb 2008
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Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:5924

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Keywords: Disability; SSI; NSCF;

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  1. Pamela J. Loprest & David C. Wittenburg, 2007. "Posttransition Experiences of Former Child SSI Recipients," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 5734, Mathematica Policy Research.
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  1. David Wittenburg & Jeffrey Hemmeter & Jacqueline Kauff, 2009. "Experiences of Child Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients Around Their Age 18 Redetermination," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6262, Mathematica Policy Research.
  2. Yonatan Ben-Shalom & David Stapleton & Dawn Phelps & Maura Bardos, 2012. "Longitudinal Statistics for New Supplemental Security Income Beneficiaries," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7592, Mathematica Policy Research.
  3. Todd Honeycutt & David Wittenburg, 2012. "Identifying Transition-Age Youth with Disabilities Using Existing Surveys," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7563, Mathematica Policy Research.
  4. Todd Honeycutt & Maura Bardos & Stephanie McLeod, 2014. "Bridging the Gap: A Comparative Assessment of Vocational Rehabilitation Agency Practices with Transition-Age Youth," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 8129, Mathematica Policy Research.
  5. Richard G. Luecking & David Wittenburg, 2009. "Providing Supports to Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood: Case Descriptions from the Youth Transition Demonstration," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6341, Mathematica Policy Research.
  6. Thomas Fraker & Anu Rangarajan, 2009. "The Social Security Administration's Youth Transition Demonstration Projects," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6340, Mathematica Policy Research.
  7. David R. Mann & David C. Wittenburg, 2014. "Explaining Differentials in Employment and Wages Between Young Adults with and Without Disabilities," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 8112, Mathematica Policy Research.
  8. David Stapleton & Arif Mamun & Jeremy Page, 2013. "Initial Impacts of the Ticket to Work Program for Young New Social Security Disability Awardees: Estimates Based on Randomly Assigned Mail Months," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7881, Mathematica Policy Research.
  9. Paul S. Davies & Kalman Rupp & David Wittenburg, 2009. "A Life-Cycle Perspective on the Transition to Adulthood Among Children Receiving Supplemental Security Income Payments," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 6336, Mathematica Policy Research.


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