Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Current Relationship with the Father

10/01/2004

  • Only 11% of female respondents were currently married to or romantically involved with the father of their youngest child at interview.

Female respondents were asked about their current relationship with the father of their youngest child. The percent of respondents who were married to the father of their youngest child went down from 14% at the time of birth to 2% at the time of interview (Figure II-2). The percent still romantically involved dropped from 45% to 9%, and the percent of respondents not in any relationship increased from 18% to 42%. Of the respondents who were romantically involved with the father but not married, most (nearly three quarters) said that there was a very good chance that they would marry the father in the future.

Figure II-2 -Current Relationship Beween the Mother and the Father of Her Youngest Child

Source: Telephone survey of 1,120 TANF recipients in South Carolina

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