Brief Mental Health, Work and Mental Health Service Use among Low-Income Mothers
Pamela J. Loprest, Sheila R. Zedlewski, Simone G. Schaner
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This paper analyzes how mental health problems impede low-income mothers' ability to work and how health insurance improves access to mental health treatment services. According to data from the 2002 National Survey of America's Families, low-income mothers in poor mental health are significantly less likely to work and to work full time than those without these problems. Low-income mothers with public or private health insurance are significantly more likely to receive treatment than those without insurance. Mental health problems are an important barrier to work among low-income women, and access to treatment could be improved through increased health insurance coverage.

Research Areas Health and health care Social safety net Disability equity policy
Tags Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Welfare and safety net programs Disability and long-term care Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Disabilities and employment Hunger and food assistance
Policy Centers Income and Benefits Policy Center