Employment barriers among welfare recipients and applicants with chronically ill children

Lauren A. Smith, Diana Romero, Pamela R Wood, Nina S. Wampler, Wendy Chavkin, Paul H. Wise

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Objectives. This study evaluated the association of chronic child illness with parental employment among individuals who have had contact with the welfare system. Methods. Parents of children with chronic illnesses were interviewed. Results. Current and former welfare recipients and welfare applicants were more likely than those with no contact with the welfare system to report that their children's illnesses adversely affected their employment. Logistic regression analyses showed that current and former receipt of welfare, pending welfare application, and high rates of child health care use were predictors of unemployment. Conclusions. Welfare recipients and applicants with chronically ill children face substantial barriers to employment, including high child health care use rates and missed work. The welfare reform reauthorization scheduled to occur later in 2002 should address the implications of chronic child illness for parental employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1453-1457
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume92
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2002
Externally publishedYes

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Chronic Disease
Child Care
Delivery of Health Care
Unemployment
Parents
Logistic Models
Regression Analysis
Child Health

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Smith, L. A., Romero, D., Wood, P. R., Wampler, N. S., Chavkin, W., & Wise, P. H. (2002). Employment barriers among welfare recipients and applicants with chronically ill children. American Journal of Public Health, 92(9), 1453-1457.

Employment barriers among welfare recipients and applicants with chronically ill children. / Smith, Lauren A.; Romero, Diana; Wood, Pamela R; Wampler, Nina S.; Chavkin, Wendy; Wise, Paul H.

In: American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 92, No. 9, 09.2002, p. 1453-1457.

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Smith, LA, Romero, D, Wood, PR, Wampler, NS, Chavkin, W & Wise, PH 2002, 'Employment barriers among welfare recipients and applicants with chronically ill children', American Journal of Public Health, vol. 92, no. 9, pp. 1453-1457.
Smith LA, Romero D, Wood PR, Wampler NS, Chavkin W, Wise PH. Employment barriers among welfare recipients and applicants with chronically ill children. American Journal of Public Health. 2002 Sep;92(9):1453-1457.
Smith, Lauren A. ; Romero, Diana ; Wood, Pamela R ; Wampler, Nina S. ; Chavkin, Wendy ; Wise, Paul H. / Employment barriers among welfare recipients and applicants with chronically ill children. In: American Journal of Public Health. 2002 ; Vol. 92, No. 9. pp. 1453-1457.
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