The chances of recipients leaving AFDC: A longitudinal study

Tyrone Cheng

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This study examined factors that could predict families' exit from the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. Data were drawn from a U.S. Bureau of the Census survey of 297 able-bodied, nonelderly AFDC recipients and were analyzed using event history analysis. Results indicate that exit from AFDC was less likely for single mothers with few job skills. Factors such as ethnicity, educational level, participation in the Work Incentive program, the state's need standard, receipt of other means-tested benefits, the length of time spent on AFDC, and the number of previous periods of AFDC participation were not significant predictors of exiting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalSocial Work Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995



  • Aid to Families with Dependent Children
  • Event history analysis
  • Marital status
  • Occupational skills
  • Welfare

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