What causes multi-generational poverty and welfare dependance?

At some point wouldn't a person decide to go to school and get work skilss and a job? Do they like living on welfare? Hwat causes generations of a family to give birth at 15 and think it's an OK way to live? My mom grew up so poor they didn't even get to eat frequently. But she worked hard to get... show more At some point wouldn't a person decide to go to school and get work skilss and a job? Do they like living on welfare? Hwat causes generations of a family to give birth at 15 and think it's an OK way to live?

My mom grew up so poor they didn't even get to eat frequently. But she worked hard to get ahead. Why do some people just give up and why does this become a lifestyle choice instead of a crisis to overcome?
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