This working paper records the lives of several single mothers in the Self-Sufficiency Project as they attempt to make the transition from welfare to work. During in-depth interviews recorded over a period of two years, the mothers speak about factors that influenced their ability to leave welfare for long-term employment. The women discuss working conditions, the roles that their children’s fathers and others play in family well-being, and for most of the women, how they cope with the after-effects of spousal abuse. Taking these factors into account, the study ultimately focuses on the role of resilience in welfare exit and the implications of resilience in work transition policies.
Published: July 2004
Policy Area: Income Security - Welfare and Employment
Population: Low-income Populations - Low-skilled Workers - Social Assistance Recipients - Women - Communities and Families - EI Recipients