"The Log Road to Quality Day Care and Work": Women Define Pathways (Chapter 2 in Good Parents or Good Workers? How Policy Shapes Families' Daily Lives).

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French, Desiree.
Fuller, Bruce.
Mensing, James.
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This chapter reviews how theorists and policymakers portray the state’s capacity to alter the behavior and beliefs of low income parents and then highlights findings from a study of two women’s experiences in their efforts to find jobs and supportive resources. Finding a job and securing welfare supports were linked to their parenting pathway, however, the mothers’ first concern was their children’s well-being. The chapter concludes by exploring whether the motivating power of raising children might lead to a more effective family policy. 34 references. (Author abstract modified)

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