What We Learned about Poverty and Vulnerability
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Both The Income Assistance Study (IA) and The Parent Counselling Study (PC) were concerned with lone-parent families and their preschool-age children and both used interviews with the children’s mothers over the five years of the Project to collect their data. There were similarities and differences between the two studies that allowed for the strengthening of certain common research findings and the complementarity and extension of other findings. Both programs of research involved multiple case studies of lone-parent mothers on income assistance with preschool children, both used an ecological orientation to their work and both used the family as the unit of analysis. There were also differences in the aims and key analytic concepts of the two studies as shown in the excerpts from their respective CHILDTalk papers (table 4.1). The Income Assistance Study started out with the goal of studying child poverty while in The Parent Counselling Study the attention to mothers in income assistance emerged from the interviews themselves. The Income Assistance Study was based on a gendered perspective that considered the mothers’ poverty within the multiple layers of community, economics, and social policy. The Parent Counselling Study began as an evaluation of an intervention program for targeted families.
KeywordsChild Care Child Support Child Protection Child Poverty Parent Family
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