Problems and strengths identified by Philadelphia caretakers are summarized in Table 4-2. Most (96%) respondents felt they were "doing a pretty good job raising [their] kids." Still, data from the time one interviews provides us with some sense of the difficulties these families faced as caretakers were asked whether or not they had experienced certain problems in the last month. With regard to emotional problems, 62 percent of the respondents reported feeling "blue or depressed," 53 percent reported feeling nervous or tense, 52 percent were overwhelmed by work or family responsibilities, 33 percent said they had just wanted to give up at some point in the last month, and 35 percent felt they had few or no friends.
With regard to financial difficulties, 56 percent responded that in the past month they did not feel they had enough money for food, rent, or clothing. In response to more specific
|Felt blue or depressed||58||65|
|Felt nervous or tense||50||54|
|Just wanted to give up||35||32|
|Overwhelmed with work or family responsibility||48||55|
|Felt you had few or no friends||35||35|
|Not enough money for food, rent, or clothing||60||54|
|Gotten in trouble with the law||0||3|
|Had too much to drink in a week||7||3|
|Used drugs several times a week||6||10|
|Had difficulty paying rent||25||25|
|Had difficulty paying electric/heat||38||35|
|Had difficulty buying enough food||18||21|
|Had difficulty buying clothes||40||40|
|Have you felt happy||69||77|
|Gotten together with anyone to have fun/relax||0||3|
|Doing a pretty good job raising kids||95||97|
questions about difficulties paying bills in the past 3 months, 25 percent reported difficulty paying rent, 36 percent reported difficulty paying electric or heating bills, 20 percent difficulty buying food for the family, and 40 percent difficulty buying clothes for their children.
Although the Philadelphia program was intended to be focused on substance abuse, only five percent of respondents acknowledged having too much to drink several times a week, and 8 percent reported using drugs several times a week. When caretakers were asked whether a child or children they care for went through alcohol or drug withdrawal when born, 8 percent responded affirmatively. (57) Less than 2 percent of respondents indicated they had gotten in trouble with the law in the past month.