When the topic of welfare programs and government assistance comes up, the common conservative thinking of pulling oneself by the bootstrap has been a common theme for those opposed to the program and even some in the general public. There has been bias coverage in the media regarding those on welfare as being exaggerations of overweight individuals doing nothing but staying home and watching television. Many individuals who work and are taxed may also go as far as to say that individuals in the welfare programs are leeches of society. The reality is that the majority of welfare recipients are young single mothers. Single mothers do not arbitrarily decide to rely on welfare and government assistance. They rather end up relying on welfare because of many complex underlying reasons that force them in such destitution.
There is another common misconception among the upper and middle class that single mothers relying on welfare and government assistance do not suffer much of the stresses as they do, but more often the opposite is true to a greater extent. Single mothers do suffer many consequences for not being able to