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World Hunger and Poverty — Global Issues
Mental health barriers to employment for TANF recipients.
Stromwall, L. K. (2002). Journal of Poverty, 6(3), 109-120.
The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program’s main outcome goal of caseload reduction has resulted in a blanket attempt to reduce caseloads across all populations of TANF recipients, even though it is widely acknowledged that many TANF recipients may have significant barriers to employment. This study examines the mental health-related quality of life and related characteristics of female TANF recipients and nonrecipients, aged 18-40, receiving publicly funded mental health service (N=487) to identify potential barriers to employment among TANF recipients in this group. TANF recipients reported significantly more distress and functional limitations related to their mental health than nonrecipients. This subgroup of TANF recipients is in need of specific attention from both the public welfare and mental health systems. The barriers to employment and the public policy goals of welfare reform related to this population are discussed. (Journal abstract.)
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Introduction: Pressing issues of inequality among Asian American communities.
Kilty, K. M., Segal, E. A. & Kim, R. Y. (2002). Journal of Poverty (entire-issue), 6(4), 1-3.
Race and ethnicity figure prominently in analyses of poverty and inequality in this country. The extent of poverty, whether for individuals, families, or children, has been well-documented for Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos. The profound impact of discrimination and limitations on opportunities for these groups has also received considerable attention. Yet there is one exception to this examination of poverty and inequality: Asian Americans. To a large extent, that is due to the belief that Asian Americans represent the “model minority” in American society, and that they illustrate how well the American Dream really works for those who are willing to apply themselves. In contrast to other racial and ethnic groups, Asian Americans represent a group that has worked hard to achieve success in this society. They go to school and earn degrees that allow them to enter well paying professional occupations or start their own businesses and put in the long hours necessary to ensure success. (This special issue contains five articles that examine aspects of poverty and inequality for Asian Americans in this society.)