Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Objectives of the Telephone Survey Interviews


The primary goal of the telephone interviews was to examine the characteristics and employment barriers of welfare families in South Carolina. A major objective of the interviews was to identify personal barriers that are often difficult to observe, including mental and physical health problems, substance dependence, domestic violence, learning disabilities, and educational deficits. The interviews also examined family and community-level barriers that recipients may face, as well as characteristics and skills that might provide opportunities for employment and future self-sufficiency. Finally, the surveys examined “logistical or situational barriers” such as child care, transportation, unstable housing, and neighborhood problems.

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