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Predictors of Success at Leaving the Minnesota Family Investment Program.

Stellmack, Amy L. and Connie R. Wanberg.

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act passed by Congress in 1996 shifts primary responsibility for welfare from the federal government to individual states, and establishes time limits for welfare assistance. Since the passage of this legislation, human services organizations, policy makers, and researchers have called for study of the demographic, situational, and psychological factors that underlie successful welfare-to-work transitions. The authors report on a five-year, statewide study of welfare recipients in Minnesota that focused on three such psychological variables: achievemnet motivation, self-sufficiency, and goal commitment. The authors conclude that welfare recipients who had higher levels of motivation were more engaged in efforts to leave the welfare system, regardless of their particular demographic or situational characteristics. They also suggest severl interventions that might facilitate successful welfare-to-work transitions, and underscore the need for additional research on trends in welfare receipt, barriers to leaving the welfare system, and predictors of welfare outcomes.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Supported by an Interactive Research Grant from CURA and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Minnesota.
30 (4): 8-14.
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Reporter 30 (4)