Families on TANF in Illinois: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table D.25 Self-reported Problems That Prevented Case Heads from Working (Percentages)


Table D.25
Self-reported Problems That Prevented Case Heads from Working
Problem that Prevented Case Head from Participating
in Work, Education, or Training During Past Year
Employed Not Employed All
Child's Health or Behavioral Problem or Special Need 11 13 12
Physical Health Problem 21 28 25
Mental Health Problem 3 10*** 7
Alcohol or Drug Problem 0 1 1
Problem in Relationship with Spouse or Partnera 6 8 7
Transportation Problem 14 26*** 21
Child Care Problemb 19 36*** 29
Housing Problem 5 16*** 12
Other Problemc 8 9 9
Any of the Above Problems 50 68*** 61
Sample Size 157 259 416
Source: MPR's 2001-02 survey of Illinois TANF cases.
Notes: The survey data have been weighted to be representative of all single-parent TANF recipients in Illinois. Survey item nonresponse may cause the sample sizes for specific variables to be smaller than those shown. Rounding may cause percentages to sum to something other than 100. We conducted two-tailed t-tests (for continuous variables) and chi-square tests (for categorical variables) for differences between employed and not employed case heads.
*/**/*** Difference between cases with/without an employed head is statistically significant at the .10/.05/.01 level.
a Tabulated only for cases with female heads (sample size = 413).
b Tabulated only for cases with children under age 15 (sample size = 400).
c Caring for an elderly, disabled, or sick family member or friend; difficulty with English because it is not native language; criminal record.

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