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Social and psychological exclusion

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The New Deal for Lone Parents is one policy in the UK which aims to reduce benefit dependency and enable lone parents to opt into a scheme which offers help and advice on jobs, benefits, training and childcare with the hope of improving job readiness. In tandem with this scheme there exists a myriad of community intervention initiatives whose aim may not be as explicit, but whose value can be equally empowering in raising self-awareness and self-esteem. This study examines the experiences of lone parents who participate in such schemes and contrasts this with the experiences of those who do not. The study shows that community-based schemes may not offer the best option for all lone mothers, but can provide an effective staging post for some towards a position of job readiness. El nuevo convenio para los padres solteros en el Reino Unido se basa en una política cuyos objetivos están enfocados a reducir la dependencia en los beneficios del Estado y a facilitar a las madres solteras a optar por un proyecto que ofrece ayuda y consejos en relacion con al trabajo, las subvenciones, los cursos gratuitos y el cuidado de los hijos con la esperanza de mejorar la disponibilidad laboral. En relación con este proyecto existen innumerables iniciativas comunitarias cuyos objetivos no estan totalmente explicitos, pero potenciarían la autoestima y la autoconciencia de dichas madres. Esta investigación analiza las experiencias de aquellos padres solteros que participan en tal proyecto y la contrasta con la experiencia de los que no. Tambien la investigación muestra que los proyectos no estan siempre la mejor opción para todas las madres solteras pero pueden ayudarlas hacia la entrada en el mundo laboral. Poverty and social exclusion affect many different aspects of people's lives. They exist when people are denied opportunities to work, to learn, to live healthy, active and fulfilling lives … Department of Social Security, September 1999, p. 3
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Keywords: community schemes; el auto estima; el empowerment; empowerment; las iniciativas comunitarias; lone parents; los padres solteros; self-esteem

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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