Welfare, Poverty, and Financial Strain In Urban African American Families with Adolescent Daughters
AbstractUsing a representative sample of African American adolescent girls in impoverished urban neighborhoods in Chicago, we consider income-related predictors (poverty, financial strain, welfare receipt, and welfare exposure) of adolescents' job preparation and nonmarital childbearing risk. The most consistent predictor is maternal financial strain, linked to poor adjustment in all arenas of adolescent functioning. Maternal welfare receipt predicts higher school grades in youth, but welfare exposure is related to lower grades and greater pregnancy experience. We discuss implications for families as federal welfare reforms alter the income sources and financial situations of many poor families.
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