Table II-2 presents findings on the presence of other adults in the households of TANF recipients who responded to the survey. Other adults in the home might provide helpful support for respondents in income, sharing expenses, and/or as an informal child care resource.
|Presence of Other Adults|
|No other adults present||55|
|One other adult present||27|
|Two or more other adults present||18|
|Single parent, no other adults present||55|
|Single parent, other adults but no partner||38|
|Single parent with partner||5|
|Two married adults||2|
|Presence of Recipient’s Family Members|
|Recipient’s adult children||8|
Source: Telephone survey of 1,120 TANF recipients in South Carolina
- Nearly half of the respondents were living with at least one other adult.
Although few of the survey respondents were married or living with a partner, nearly half (45%) were living with at least one other adult. This finding suggests that some respondents were adjusting to their limited resources by sharing living costs with family or friends, or by living rent-free with family. High school dropouts were more likely than respondents educated beyond high school to be living with another adult. Specifically, 52% of high school dropouts were living with another adult, compared to 38% of respondents educated beyond high school. As shown in Chapter IV, high school dropouts had lower rates of employment and lower average earnings than more educated respondents.
- Many respondents were living with other family members.
At the time of the survey, 2% of the respondents were married and living with their spouse, 5% were living with a non-marital partner, and 38% were living with another adult other than a spouse or partner (Table II-2). In addition, 22% of the respondents were living with their mothers, and 8% were living with their father. Nine percent were living with a sibling, 8% were living with their own adult children, and 7% were living with other relatives. The findings indicate that many of the respondents had direct access to family support networks.