Welfare to Well-Being Transition

  • Bonnie Braun
  • Patricia D. Olson
  • Jean W. Bauer
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 17)


Welfare to well-being leads to better quality of life for families and communities. Around the world, societies are experimenting and shifting policies that address welfare to well-being for families and communities. In the U.S., the greatest shift in several decades has occurred with the welfare reform policies. These shifts have placed at issue the extent to which individuals and families and governments contribute to self-sufficiency and sustainability of their members and the collective whole in society. The paper addresses: a framework for thinking about sustaining well-being in the context of making transitions from welfare for the few to well-being for the many; a research illustration of focus group findings on the meaning of self-sufficiency for families who are currently receiving one type of welfare (food stamps); and the opportunities emerging in the context of the interaction of the family and society at the community, state, national and global level that allows for a wholistic response to issues around well-being and quality of life studies.


Public Assistance Welfare Reform Food Stamp Food Stamp Program Welfare Dependence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bonnie Braun
    • 1
  • Patricia D. Olson
    • 2
  • Jean W. Bauer
    • 3
  1. 1.Family Studies DepartmentUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  2. 2.College of Human EcologyUniversity of Minnesota — Twin CitiesSt. PaulUSA
  3. 3.Family Social Science DepartmentUniversity of Minnesota — Twin CitiesSt. PaulUSA

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