Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Relationships Between Mothers and Fathers

10/01/2004

  • One-quarter of the respondents were either married to or living with the father of their youngest child at the birth of the child.

While 14% of the respondents were married to the father of their youngest child at the time of the child’s birth (Figure II-1), another 11% of the mothers reported that they were living with the father of their youngest child when the child was born, even though they were not married (data not shown). About 36% of the respondents stated they were not in any relationship with the father or were “just friends” at the time of the child’s birth, while the rest stated that they were romantically involved in some way with the father.

  • White respondents were more likely than black respondents to ha ve been married to the father of their youngest child at the time of birth.

One-third of white female respondents said that they were married to the father of their youngest child at the time of the child's birth, compared to 7% of black female respondents (Appendix D Table II-a). However, nearly half of black female respondents said that they were cohabiting or otherwise romantically involved with the father, compared to just over one third of white females. Almost 40% of black females said that they were just friends or not in any type of relationship with the father, compared to one quarter of white females.

Figure II-1 -Relationship Between the Mother and the Father of Her Youngest Child When the Child Was Born

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

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