Journal of Family and Economic Issues

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 445–460 | Cite as

The Influence of Social Supports on Employment for Hispanic, Black, and White Unmarried Mothers

  • Melissa RadeyEmail author
Original Paper


This study considers the relationship between social supports and employment and how this relationship may differ for Hispanic, non-Hispanic Black, and non-Hispanic White unmarried mothers with young children. Using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, this article examines how various perceived and received social supports influence later employment outcomes. Multinomial regression analyses indicate that family, individual, and family background supports promoted employment while community supports were associated with lower employment levels. Race-specific analyses indicate that supports were related to employment to a much greater extent for Hispanics and non-Hispanic Blacks than for non-Hispanic Whites. Results suggest that unmarried mothers’ unique needs and supports must be taken into account to accommodate employment.


Employment Race/ethnicity Social support Unmarried mothers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida State University, College of Social WorkTallahasseeUSA

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