Assisting Young, Unmarried Mothers to Become Self-Sufficient: The Effects of Different Types of Early Economic Support

Jodi R. Sandfort, Martha S. Hill

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    This article examines a sample of young, unmarried mothers from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) and considers how different types of economic support received soon after their first child is born contributes to the later self-sufficiency of young, unmarried mothers. It expands conventional categories of income support - AFDC, food stamps, child support - to include shared housing and relatives' assistance. The model also contains various behaviors of young mothers after the birth of their first child. The findings suggest that certain economic supports assist these mothers and that life choices they make after their child's birth are important to self-sufficiency.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)311-326
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Marriage and Family
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - May 1996



    • Income support
    • Self-sufficiency
    • Teenage mothers
    • Welfare

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