Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Chapter II. Demographic Profile, Household Composition, and Mother -father Relationships


This chapter presents findings on demographic characteristics and household composition for the TANF recipients who responded to the survey. Findings are also presented on the nature of the relationships between mothers and fathers at the time of birth of their youngest child and at the time of survey. Recent research on “fragile families” and family formation has shown that many low-income unmarried parents face considerable barriers in forming stable relationships over time and that, in many cases, the father does not stay involved in the child’s life.

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