OT-Public Benefits 101-2-Journalling Exercise

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4. Think about the paper you just read, Welfare Reform, Domestic Violence, and Employment, and spend 10 minutes writing down what was most interesting to you. (You may want to write your essay in a Word document and then cut and paste it into the box below.)
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5. Reread the paragraph below (from page 963).

“Contrary to the assumption of PRWORA that the poor reject work (and other family values, such as marriage), women on welfare report that they want to work. As Jencks and Edin stated in 1990, ‘Single mothers do not turn to welfare because they are pathologically dependent on handouts or unusually reluctant to work. They turn to welfare because they cannot get jobs that pay any better than welfare’. And added child care, transportation, and other expenses related to working may severely cut into incomes of those who are employed. One study estimates that 40% of those who leave welfare remain poor.”

How does this information sit with you? Is this new information? Does this line up with what you have experienced in your work? Spend 10 minutes writing down your thoughts. (Again, you may want to write your ideas in a Word document and then cut and paste them into the box below.)
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6. Reread the paragraph below (from page 981).

“Employment not only provides economic resources but also may be a source of self-esteem and independence for women and men and a critical component of men’s masculine identity as breadwinners. Edin, in a qualitative study, found that poor mothers ‘linked episodes of domestic violence to fathers’ fears about their ability to provide, especially in light of increased state efforts at child support enforcement.’ “

How does this information sit with you and does this line up with what you have experienced in your work? How does knowing this impact your work with women who are on welfare or who are attempting to collect child support? Spend 10 minutes writing down your thoughts. (Again, you may want to write your ideas in a Word document and then cut and paste them into the box below.)
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7. Reread the paragraph below (from page 983).

“If, as some studies suggest, working has a protective effect but employment is difficult to sustain over time, then work supports, such as better access to transportation and child care, may ultimately serve to reduce violence.”

What do you think they mean when they say “working has a protective effect”? And how does knowing this (along with the other information about sustainability) impact your advocacy? Spend 10 minutes writing down your thoughts. (Again, you may want to write your ideas in a Word document and then cut and paste them into the box below.)
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