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Author Kanenberg, Heather
Title A feminist comparative policy analysis of the State Children's Health Insurance Program: California and Texas
Descript 367 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 68-04, Section: A, page: 1659
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Houston, 2007
This comprehensive policy analysis explores the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in California and Texas and its effects on women and girls utilizing McPhail's Feminist Policy Framework (2003). This study also provides operational definitions and further analysis of the concepts of "oppression" and "gendered policy" as they relate to the implementation of SCHIP. Particular attention is paid to the lived experiences of women as mothers, caregivers and economic providers, as well as difference experienced by women of color
The study revealed the complex nature of SCHIP; Findings show that it is both a policy that supports women but also a gendered policy that is oppressive for women. Specifically, patriarchal assumptions of women in relation to family, household, and economy were found in the areas of SCHIP that relate to eligibility for services and service delivery. In contrast, the analysis also showed that SCHIP challenges traditional androcentric norms of women's dependence upon men and partners by encouraging women's participation in the labor market
Ultimately, however, SCHIP programs create forces and interrelated tensions within women's lives that restrict their capacity to make choices or take actions without penalty in relation to labor, employment, health, wellbeing, and autonomy. Although SCHIP supports women's capacity to live autonomously outside of partnered relationships, it simultaneously, prohibits women's true independence by shifting their dependence away from men and partners and onto the state
The findings of this study resulted in an understanding of SCHIP as devolved policy with women absent in the language of the federal and state level legislation. Recommendations based on these findings include reforms for SCHIP at the federal level that will enhance the healthcare of both women and children. Finally, it is recommended that feminist policy analysis be utilized as research method for policies other than those traditionally cast as 'women's issue' policies. Implications for policy analysis, social work practice and future research are discussed
School code: 0087
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 68-04A
Subject Social Work
Women's Studies
Health Sciences, Health Care Management
Alt Author University of Houston
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