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Citation:  Latimer, M., & Plein, L. C. (2013). Responding to welfare reform: Competing perspectives of social service delivery in an economically disadvantaged rural state. Journal of Applied Social Science, 7 (1), 3-23.
Title:  Responding to welfare reform: Competing perspectives of social service delivery in an economically disadvantaged rural state
Authors:  Latimer, M., & Plein, L. C.
Year:  2013
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Applied Social Science
Publisher:  SAGE Journals
DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1177/1936724412456377
Full text:  http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1936724412456377   
Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Not reported

Structured abstract:

Purpose:  This article compares perspectives of caseworkers and administrators on service delivery processes in rural areas of an Appalachian state. This state has high levels of poverty and unemployment, and limited resources for investment and development.
Setting:  This study focuses on West Virginia Works, the public assistance program of WV adopted in 1996.
Data collection and analysis:  Focus groups with about 80 caseworkers and 6 WV Department of Health and Human Resources administrators were conducted.
Conclusions:  Implications for policy and service delivery are considered.

Populations served:  Rural and remote communities