Families on TANF in South Carolina: Employment Assets and Liabilities. Table G.2. Mental Health


  Percentage Unless Stated Otherwise
Time Limited with No Exemptions/Extensions
Time Limited with Temporary Work Exemptions
Time Limited with Extensions Granted
Nonspecific Psychological Distressa
Low 41.4% 27.1% 42.7% 38.3%
Medium 42.3% 40.4% 44.8% 41.9%
High 16.3% 32.5% 12.6% 19.8%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Major Depressionb
No major depression 76.5% 64.0% 79.7% 73.8%
Probable major depression 23.5% 36.0% 20.3% 26.2%
Total 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Mental Health Problemc 28.9% 43.7% 23.8% 32.1%
Sample Size 466 487 143 1,120
a. Categories of nonspecific psychological distress were assigned on the basis of the K10 psychological distress scale, with a range of 10 to 50, mand on normative data
from the Australian Survey of Mental Health and Well-being. The lowest category of distress corresponds to a score under 16, the medium category to a score from 16 to 29, and the high category to a score of 30 or more.
b. The probability of major depression was determined following the methodology of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview Short Form (CIDI-SF). Under this methodology, individuals with three or more of seven symptoms of major depression are classified as being at probable risk of major depression. Individuals who volunteer that they are on medication or ant-depressants also are classified as being at probable risk of major depression.
c. Defined as having a high level of nonspecific psychological distress of probable major depression.

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