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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211468
Type:
Research Study
Title:
A LIFE STORIES RESEARCH PROJECT
Abstract:
Purpose/Aims: To document the life stories of ten California welfare recipients participating in Wellness WORKs!, a welfare-to-wellness-to-work program focused on holistic self-care. Background: The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program changed the focus of welfare in the United States from social welfare promotion to facilitating employment. Welfare recipients have a time limit of 60 months to receive federal income support. After required employment training, welfare recipients have 24 months to enter the workforce. Wellness WORKs! is one of these training agencies. The program focus is self-care with the goal of developing knowledge and skills to live healthy lifestyles that influence social and economic environments and ultimately success in the workplace. Alarmingly, state and federal social service resources have fallen behind as public demand continues to increase due to the current economic environment. Inclusion of life stories allows those working in social service agencies to see the impact of an effective implementation of a program. Method: Using an interview format this research will document and describe the life stories of 10 welfare recipients participating in a welfare-to-wellness-to work program. Participants are asked to tell about their lives including: a) area(s) in which they lived; b) how they view their life, c) significant turning points and times of transition, d) high and low points, and e) how they think society looks upon welfare participation and what the consequences have been for them. Participants are asked open-ended questions to assist in telling “the story of his/her life” in their own words. The interview begins with the participants’ early childhood and proceeds chronologically to the present and anticipated future. Each interview is three to four hours. Results: A qualitative analysis elicited common similarities and differences in the life stories. A living picture is captured of the participants’ ways of life, struggles, and successes. The stories provide a window into this distinct social world and documents diverse matters, from stories of family life, childhood, parenthood, birth, and death to pain, loss, triumph, luck, desire, and evil. These stories give a holistic view of how people and actions interact and offer hope and understanding to welfare providers and participants. Additionally, these stories provide a narrative of how the implementation of services that offer holistic assistance, beyond acquiring employment, can lead to greater personal and professional success. Implications: Results of the interviews assist multidisciplinary providers with understanding the role welfare plays in the lives of these participants. Exposing agencies and communities to participants’ stories create a deeper understanding and help dissolve prejudices regarding the welfare system. Knowledge about social support recipients’ participation in a successful, community-based, wellness-to-work program can assist service providers, administrators, and policymakers who work with the welfare population; offering them a tool for increased success within their every increasing client pool.
Keywords:
Wellness WORKs!; California welfare recipients
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5197
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleA LIFE STORIES RESEARCH PROJECTen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211468-
dc.description.abstractPurpose/Aims: To document the life stories of ten California welfare recipients participating in Wellness WORKs!, a welfare-to-wellness-to-work program focused on holistic self-care. Background: The Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program changed the focus of welfare in the United States from social welfare promotion to facilitating employment. Welfare recipients have a time limit of 60 months to receive federal income support. After required employment training, welfare recipients have 24 months to enter the workforce. Wellness WORKs! is one of these training agencies. The program focus is self-care with the goal of developing knowledge and skills to live healthy lifestyles that influence social and economic environments and ultimately success in the workplace. Alarmingly, state and federal social service resources have fallen behind as public demand continues to increase due to the current economic environment. Inclusion of life stories allows those working in social service agencies to see the impact of an effective implementation of a program. Method: Using an interview format this research will document and describe the life stories of 10 welfare recipients participating in a welfare-to-wellness-to work program. Participants are asked to tell about their lives including: a) area(s) in which they lived; b) how they view their life, c) significant turning points and times of transition, d) high and low points, and e) how they think society looks upon welfare participation and what the consequences have been for them. Participants are asked open-ended questions to assist in telling “the story of his/her life” in their own words. The interview begins with the participants’ early childhood and proceeds chronologically to the present and anticipated future. Each interview is three to four hours. Results: A qualitative analysis elicited common similarities and differences in the life stories. A living picture is captured of the participants’ ways of life, struggles, and successes. The stories provide a window into this distinct social world and documents diverse matters, from stories of family life, childhood, parenthood, birth, and death to pain, loss, triumph, luck, desire, and evil. These stories give a holistic view of how people and actions interact and offer hope and understanding to welfare providers and participants. Additionally, these stories provide a narrative of how the implementation of services that offer holistic assistance, beyond acquiring employment, can lead to greater personal and professional success. Implications: Results of the interviews assist multidisciplinary providers with understanding the role welfare plays in the lives of these participants. Exposing agencies and communities to participants’ stories create a deeper understanding and help dissolve prejudices regarding the welfare system. Knowledge about social support recipients’ participation in a successful, community-based, wellness-to-work program can assist service providers, administrators, and policymakers who work with the welfare population; offering them a tool for increased success within their every increasing client pool.en_GB
dc.subjectWellness WORKs!en_GB
dc.subjectCalifornia welfare recipientsen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T11:56:54Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T11:56:54Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T11:56:54Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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