Sources of stigma for means-tested government programs.

  title={Sources of stigma for means-tested government programs.},
  author={Jennifer Paige Stuber and Mark Schlesinger},
  journal={Social science \& medicine},
  volume={63 4},
Stigma has been shown to discourage participation in means-tested government programs. [...] Key Method We test hypotheses using unique data based on interviews with 1405 respondents in 10 states and the District of Columbia, USA. The results suggest that there are two distinct forms of stigma related to participation in means-tested government programs: one related to self-identity, the other to the anticipation of negative treatment. Both forms of stigma are more pronounced for Welfare compared to Medicaid…Expand
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  • J. Stuber, K. Kronebusch
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  • 2004
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