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A Long-Term Solution to the AFDC Problem: Prevention of Unwanted Pregnancy

Donald J. Bogue
Social Service Review
Vol. 49, No. 4 (Dec., 1975), pp. 539-552
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30015297
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

Using data collected from a probability sample of 315 AFDC women in Chicago, this study seeks to throw light on the nature of the conjugal unions which produced the first pregnancy and which were instrumental in bringing the women to seek AFDC benefits. The facts uncovered do not conform to any of the current theories about marital dissolution among the poor. A new hypothesis-that these unions originated in a social and interpersonal context which sociological theory would predict to be unstable unions-is proposed. Central to this hypothesis is the finding that in a high proportion of cases the pregnancy was unwanted by the father, the mother, or both.

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