Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effects of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families with children: A policy analysis
by Duggan, Casey, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 77; 1527919
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this study was to conduct a policy analysis of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), created under the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA) of 1996, and its impact on families with children. TANF is the largest safety net and cash assistance program available to provide assistance to children living in poverty. The implementation of TANF signified a fundamental shift in federal welfare policy for the first time since its creation under the Social Security Act of 1935.

After reviewing policies, congressional hearings, government reports, federal statistics, peer-reviewed journal articles, and data from child welfare agencies, a modified version of David Gil's framework was used to conduct this analysis. The major finding of this study are that the policy's approach to reducing childhood poverty through an emphasis on work and marriage have been unsuccessful in assisting families with achieving financial self-sufficiency and upward economic mobility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Washington, Thomas Alex
Commitee: Campbell, Venetta, Santhiveeran, Janaki
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Social Work
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Social work, Public policy
Keywords: Children and poverty, Welfare policy
Publication Number: 1527919
ISBN: 978-1-303-98443-3
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