MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM AND WELFARE DEPENDENTS--HOW STRON

Project: Research project

Project Details

Description

DESCRIPTION (Applicant's Abstract): This proposal will analyze mental
health problems among low-income single mothers, particularly women
receiving cash welfare benefits. While educational and employment skill
deficits among welfare recipients have been recognized as important barriers
hindering their self-sufficiency, the role that mental health problems may
play in preventing women's transition from welfare to work has been mostly
ignored. Using data from the 1994 National Household Survey of Drug Abuse
(NHSDA), this proposal examines the prevalence of mental health problems
among the AFDC population, the extent of treatment services utilization, and
the relationships between mental health problems, welfare receipt and
employment. The impact that receiving treatment for a mental health problem
has on these relationships will also be examined. Identifying the
prevalence of mental health problems, and understanding the relationships
among mental health, welfare receipt and employment, are necessary first
steps in establishing the services that some AFDC recipients may require to
successfully transition from welfare to work. Findings from this research
are directly relevant to current public policy efforts focusing on women's
self-sufficiency.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2/15/981/31/99

Funding

  • National Institute of Mental Health

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