Stereotypes and Stigma: What's Changed for Welfare Mothers

  title={Stereotypes and Stigma: What's Changed for Welfare Mothers},
  author={Liane V. Davis and Jan L. Hagen},
  pages={319 - 337}
In the debate on welfare reform, stereotypes of women on welfare have resurfaced, and most proposals for reform are designed to modify and regulate women's behaviors. This article, based on information obtained in focus groups of recipients of Aid to Families with Dependent Children, examines how women manage the stigma of being welfare mothers and what they think about "cheating" the system. The most striking difference between recipients of the 1990s and of the 1960s is the belief of current… 

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