Families on TANF in Illinois: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table D.8 Basic Understanding of Work Norms among TANF Cases (Percentages)


Table D.8
Basic Understanding of Work Norms among TANF Cases
  Employed Not Employed All
Understands Problem and Able to Identify Viable Solutions:
Arriving at Work Late Due to Unreliable Babysitter 43 50 47
Not Performing Well on Smaller Job Tasks (e.g. filing) 41 46 44
Losing Temper over Criticism from Co-Worker 86 88 87
Approaching New Tasks That Are Unfamiliar 47 56* 53
Making Mistakes Due to Stress of Job 47 51 50
Good Overall Understanding of at Least 3 Work Normsa 56 64 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 For each of the five scenarios, the survey asked respondents to gauge their understanding of the problem and then provide a solution. Those who demonstrated a sense of the problem and could identify a viable solution were considered to have a good understanding of the underlying work norm.

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