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Beyond Poverty, Extended Measures of Well-Being: 1992

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Report Number P70-50RV

How well off are we? Quality of life can be measured by the things that we own, our ability to afford shelter, the safety of our neighborhoods, our health and nutrition, as well as our incomes. Two groups which score very low on many measures of material well-being are those whose family income is below the poverty line and those who participate in the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program. In fact, on all measures reported here, the poor are significantly worse off than the nonpoor. Additionally, on a majority of the measures, those participating in AFDC are worse off than those classified as income poor.

This brief report uses data collected in the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) to present measures of material well-being for all persons in families, in families classified as poor, and in families who report receiving AFDC. Data are based on the 4-month period from September to December of 1992.


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