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A Bottom-up Definition of Self-sufficiency
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A Bottom-up Definition of Self-sufficiency

Author: Philip Young P Hong; Vamadu Sheriff; Sandra Naeger
Publisher: Sage Publications
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Qualitative Social Work, 8, no. 3 (2009): 357-376

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    schema:description "Self-sufficiency (SS) is the epitome of America's `reluctant' welfare state. It is generally accepted in social welfare policy circles as a concept related to independence and financial stability. Nevertheless, SS is not a term agreed upon in practice by policymakers, researchers, or service providers and is frequently used without a clear common definition. In this sense, the purpose of this study is to explore the extent to which the top-down definition of `economic' SS as the social policy goal is consistent with how the clients of job training programs perceive the term. Using a grounded theory approach, a bottom-up definition of SS was derived from a focus group of low-income jobseekers. The focus group was transcribed for a content analysis from which a client-centered definition of SS was drawn. Findings suggest that SS is a process of developing psychological strength properties and a goal-oriented progression toward realistic financial outcomes. Implications for evidence-based community interventions for client empowerment and workforce development are suggested." ;
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