Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

ABSTRACT While previous studies have established social capital as an important determinant of subjective well-being (SWB), the broader social context people are living in has not received much attention in terms of SWB. To address this issue, we propose the concept of social affiliation, measuring the feeling of belonging to the social whole, of being … [Read More] Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT Recent changes to Australia’s welfare system have affected low-income single parent families, with many moved on to an employment seeker’s payment (a reduced payment) when the policy change made them ineligible for a family payment. To explore the impacts of this policy change, in-depth interviews were conducted with 23 low-income single mothers across Australia. … [Read More] Food as a discretionary item: the impact of welfare payment changes on low-income single mother’s food choices and strategies – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

ABSTRACT This paper assesses the contribution that child support makes to Australian lone mothers’ income packages and the proportion lifted out of poverty as a result. Using the Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) dataset, we compare the results to a study conducted in the UK. Child support payments were more likely to … [Read More] The potential of child support to reduce lone mother poverty: comparing population survey data in Australia and the UK – Journal of Poverty and Social Justice

The Interplay of Maternal Sensitivity and Toddler Engagement of Mother in Predicting Self-regulation – Developmental Psychology

ABSTRACT Using data from the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project, a cross-lag mediation model was tested to examine longitudinal relations among low-income mothers’ sensitivity; toddlers’ engagement of their mothers; and toddler’s self-regulation at ages 1, 2, and 3 years (N = 2,958). Age 1 maternal sensitivity predicted self-regulation at ages 2 and 3 … [Read More] The Interplay of Maternal Sensitivity and Toddler Engagement of Mother in Predicting Self-regulation – Developmental Psychology

Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia – Urban Policy and Research

ABSTRACT Dominating policy discourse has been the hypothesis that residence in “poverty neighbourhoods” can compound individual disadvantage. Prominent here are concerns about social exclusion and spatial entrapment. A contrary perspective is that low income communities often contain substantial social capital and that accessing relatively affordable housing available in such places may provide a basis for … [Read More] Sinks of Social Exclusion or Springboards for Social Mobility? Analysing the Roles of Disadvantaged Neighbourhoods in Urban Australia – Urban Policy and Research

Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

ABSTRACT Cross-sectional research suggests that the British housing system weakens the link between income poverty and housing outcomes, but this reveals little about the long-term relationships. We examine the relationship between income poverty and housing pathways over an 18-year period to 2008, and develop consensual approaches to poverty estimation, housing deprivation, and the prevalence of … [Read More] Housing and poverty: a longitudinal analysis – Housing Studies

Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Extract from an article by Darragh O’Keeffe Darragh O’Keeffe says increasing numbers of Australians are living with immense money worries that are impacting on their physical and mental health, but it is important to know that help is available. It was a break-up with her partner four years ago that plunged Shari Rainbow into sudden financial … [Read More] Financial stress: We’re worrying ourselves sick over money – PS News Professional

Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Jane Millar The Centrelink overpayments controversy highlights shortcomings in social security reforms in Australia and Britain Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can … [Read More] Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Shirley Jackson The Fair Work Commission decided to cut Sunday and some public holiday rates of pay across the hospitality, retail, pharmacy and fast food industries for full time, part time and some casual workers. This will hit young people the hardest as research tells us that while a third of … [Read More] Cutting Sunday penalty rates will hurt young people the most – The Conversation

Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Extract from an article by Nick Toscano and Anna Patty Hundreds of thousands of Australians who work on Sundays will have their take-home pay slashed after a landmark ruling by the national workplace umpire. The Fair Work Commission on Thursday morning announced Sunday penalty rates paid in retail, fast food, hospitality and pharmacy industries will be … [Read More] Penalty rates for Sunday, holiday work to be slashed after landmark decision by Fair Work Commission – Sydney Morning Herald

Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman David Kingman looks at the findings of a new piece of research into the living standards. Since the “Great Recession” began in 2008, one of the biggest successes of the UK economy has been the so-called “jobs miracle”, which has seen the number of people in some kind of … [Read More] Record employment not helping working-age families avoid poverty, new research shows (UK) – Intergenerational Foundation

Intergenerational accumulation of social disadvantages across generations in young adulthood – Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

ABSTRACT We analyze the intergenerational transmission of social disadvantages in the context of the Finnish welfare state. Previous research on intergenerational transmission has typically concentrated on educational attainment, income and social class as separate factors. Researchers commonly measure parental standing using single indicators that are very general and do not address social disadvantage; rather, these … [Read More] Intergenerational accumulation of social disadvantages across generations in young adulthood – Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

Is SES really that important for educational outcomes in Australia? A review and some recent evidence – The Australian Educational Researcher

ABSTRACT This paper demonstrates that the emphasis on students’ socioeconomic status (SES) in research and policy circles in Australia is unwarranted. The bivariate relationships between SES and educational outcomes are only moderate and the effects of SES are quite small when taking into account cognitive ability or prior achievement. These two influences have much stronger … [Read More] Is SES really that important for educational outcomes in Australia? A review and some recent evidence – The Australian Educational Researcher

Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Extract from an article by Mark Smith “Money for nothing” is not just a song from 1985 by Dire Straits but also, it seems, a new wave of policies supporting the government providing an income for citizens, regardless of their economic activity. Benoît Hamon, the surprise winner of the first round of the socialist primaries in … [Read More] Money for nothing: has the time come for universal basic income? The Conversation

Not just a number? NEETs, data and datalogical systems – Information, Communication & Society

ABSTRACT This paper draws on empirical research with NEET populations (16–24-year-olds not in education, employment or training) in the U.K. in order to engage with issues around identification, data and metrics produced through datalogical systems. Our aim is to bridge contemporary discourses around data, digital bureaucracy and datalogical systems with empirical material drawn from a … [Read More] Not just a number? NEETs, data and datalogical systems – Information, Communication & Society

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