Single Black Mothers and Welfare Essay by Research Group

Single Black Mothers and Welfare
A study on the move from welfare to working for young single African American women in the U.S.A.
# 27201 | 2,211 words | 16 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This study examines the situation confronting African American single mothers in efforts to move from welfare to work. The hypothesis tested in this study holds that variations in educational skills, health status, and access to child-care affect the employment outlook for African American single mothers and, therefore, the probability that they will be able to successfully move from welfare to work. Social learning theory and theories based in social learning were reviewed and applied to the research concept for this study.

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"Social cognitive theory, thus, identifies two factors as primary determinants underlying the initiation and persistence of an adaptive behavior. First, the person must have self-efficacy with respect to the behavior. That is, the person must believe that he or she has the capability to perform the behavior in question under a number of different circumstances. Second, one must have some incentive to perform the behavior. More specifically, the expected positive outcomes of performing the behavior must outweigh the expected negative outcomes."

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