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The Relationship Between Private Safety Nets and Economic Outcomes Among Single Mothers
Journal of Marriage and the Family (2006)
  • Kristen Harknett, University of Pennsylvania
Abstract

This article examines the relationship between private safety nets and economic outcomes among 2,818 low-income single mothers in three U.S. counties in the 1990s. I define private safety nets as the potential to draw upon family and friends for material or emotional support if needed. Using a combination of survey and administrative records data collected for the National Evaluation of Welfare-to-Work Strategies, I find that human capital deficits, depressive symptoms, and low self-efficacy are associated with having less private safety net support, suggesting that social network disadvantages compound individual-level disadvantages. I also find that mothers with strong private safety nets worked more, earned more, and were less reliant on welfare compared with mothers with more meager private safety nets.

Keywords
  • Barriers to Work,
  • Perceived Support,
  • Single Mother,
  • Social Network,
  • Safety Net,
  • Welfare
Disciplines
Publication Date
2006
Citation Information
Kristen Harknett. "The Relationship Between Private Safety Nets and Economic Outcomes Among Single Mothers" Journal of Marriage and the Family Vol. 68 Iss. 1 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kristenharknett/6/