From self-sufficiency to personal and family sustainability: A new paradigm for social policy

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Abstract

Current social policy that affects welfare recipients focuses on the concept of "self-sufficiency" where leaving welfare for work is the goal. While this approach has reduced welfare rolls, it has not necessarily helped low-income people improve their economic, educational, or social outlook. This paper suggests that the concept of Personal and Family Sustainability (PFS) may be a better way to evaluate and direct social policy. A definition of PFS is developed from the environmental and community development roots of sustainability and four domains for creating PFS indicators are introduced.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Volume32
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2005

Keywords

  • Poverty
  • Self-sufficiency
  • Social policy
  • Sustainability
  • TANF
  • Welfare

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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