Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)


School of Social Work

Degree Name


First Advisor

Dr. Gale Horton


The purpose of the study was to examine the economic and psychosocial barriers to achieving self-sufficiency among female heads household. The sample for this study consisted of thirty respondent who received public assistance benefits and reside in Dekalb County, Georgia. An original instrument consisting of twelve questions was self-administered. The results were analyzed utilizing frequency distribution, means, standard deviations and Pearson's "r" Correlation Coefficient. The Cognitive Theory was utilized as a tool to understand the reason for female heads of household not achieving self-sufficiency.

The Pearson's "r" correlation was conducted between the independent variable and the dependent variable. Both of the null hypothesis were accepted. As a result, the major findings in this study concluded that there was no statistically significant relationship between psychosocial and economic barriers to achieving self-sufficiency among female heads of household.

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