Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Journal furnishing social scientific analysis to understand problems of social policy, politics, and welfare.

Articles from Vol. 30, No. 2, June

Changing Women: An Ethnographic Study of Homeless Mothers and Popular Education
This article discusses ethnographic research conducted between 1995 and 1998 that studied the impact of popular education on the lives of fifty homeless and formerly homeless mothers. Data collection involved in-depth interviews and participant observation...
Head Start, Other Preschool Programs, & Life Success in a Youth Cohort
This study assesses the effects of Head Start and other preschool programs on five life success measures in a U.S. cohort of youth (N = 5,621). The life success indices are average annual income-to-poverty ratios, economic mobility, and number of years...
Linking Welfare Clients to Jobs: Discretionary Use of Worker Social Capital
The overarching theme of the 1996 welfare reform law was to move clients from dependency to self-sufficiency by facilitating their entry into the labor market. While numerous mechanisms were used to do this, this study explores discretionary actions...
The First Four Months in a New Foster Placement: Psychosocial Adjustment, Parental Contact and Placement Disruption
Intake and four-month follow-up measures were obtained for 235 children referred into a new foster care placement over a 12-month period in the Australian State of South Australia. Twenty-five percent of the sample returned home within 4-months, and...
The Mommy Track: The Consequences of Gender Ideology and Aspirations on Age at First Motherhood
While there is extensive and compelling evidence that growing up in an impoverished background leads to early fertility, few studies explain why early socioeconomic disadvantage leads to early childbearing. Using data from the National Longitudinal...
The Settlement House Tradition: Current Trends and Future Concerns
The settlement tradition represents a comprehensive approach that "strengthens individual and neighborhood assets, and builds collective capacity to address community problems" (Hirota, Brown, & Martin, 1996, p. i). While there is a rich literature...
What's Need Got to Do with It? Barriers to Use of Nonprofit Social Services
In recent years, legislators have called upon private nonprofit and proprietary organizations to assume a larger role in provision of public benefits to poor persons. Little research, however, has examined poor people's willingness to use nonprofit...
Why Special Populations Are Not the Target of Family Preservation Services: A Case for Program Reform
The number of children who have been placed outside their homes of origin as a result of abuse, neglect, delinquency, emotional problems, or developmental disabilities, is astronomical and steadily increasing. Of this number, "special populations"...