Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

maria Dinis, Ph.D., MSW

Second Advisor

Clarice Staff, DSW, MSW, CSW

Third Advisor

Carol Engel, MSW, ACSW, LICSW


Changing societal attitudes about responsibility for the poor have led to the creation of a succession of different welfare programs. This study compared two Minnesota welfare programs, STRIDE and MFIP, with regard to outcome data including wage at termination, education level at termination, and total time the individual spent on welfare. This was a quantitative study of data from archived files of 50 STRIDE and 50 MFIP participants (n = 100). The data were analyzed to determine statistically significant differences in outcomes between the two programs. The difference on the emphasis on education and work between the two programs and whether that influenced variations in the outcome data is discussed.


SC 11.MSW.2001.Bate.MA

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