Child Well-Being at the Outset of Welfare Reform

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Child Well-Being at the Outset of Welfare Reform

An Overview of the Nation and 13 States

Abstract

Data from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families indicates that poor children, children whose families received AFDC in 1996, children whose parents were unemployed, or children living in single-parent households are more likely to experience behavioral and emotional problems, fair or poor health, and school problems than are other children in the United States. Child well-being varied across states but the variation in well-being was less than the variation in poverty, welfare receipt, and single parenthood.

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