‘It didn't always work’: Low-income children's experiences of changes in mothers’ working patterns in the UK

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Abstract

Underpinning Labour’s welfare-to-work policies is an assumption that employment will benefit disadvantaged children and their families. However, the effect of low-income and unstable employment on lone mothers and their children is uncertain. This article draws on interviews with children drawn from a qualitative, longitudinal study of low-income working family life, to explore the accounts of those children whose mother’s entry into the labour market was unsuccessful. The article examines how children experienced their mother’s employment and the impact of ‘failed’ work transitions on their well-being and their perceptions of the value of work for them and their families.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-513
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Policy and Society
Volume8
Issue number04
Early online date10 Sep 2009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009

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