NSFH 69

Poverty, Welfare Receipt and Adolescent Self-Esteem

Jane Mosley

Abstract

Using Wave II of the National Survey of Families and Households (1992-1993), this paper examines the relationship between poverty, welfare receipt, and adolescent self-esteem.

I find that for the dependent variable self-mastery, current welfare receipt is not significant. However, for adolescent self-worth, current use of welfare is associated with lower levels. This relationship persists even after controlling for child attributes.