Iowa's Limited Benefit Plan. F. Support from Family and Friends

05/01/1997

Table V.11 documents changes in the level of support provided by family, friends, and neighbors following benefit termination. Slightly more than half of the survey respondents (56 percent) reported the same level of support from family, friends, and neighbors before and after their cash assistance was terminated. Of the respondents that experienced a change in support, a larger share reported increases in support than decreases in support. However, since we do not know the magnitude of these increases or decreases, we must be cautious in drawing any conclusions about the net change in the amount of support received.

Table V.11

As shown in Table V.12, parents were the most often cited source of support. Approximately 65 percent of survey respondents reported support from parents following benefit termination; after parents, friends were the next most common source of support, cited by 47 percent of respondents. Between 30 and 40 percent of respondents reported support from a spouse or partner and/or other relatives, and 14 percent reported support from neighbors.

Emotional support was the most common type of support received from relatives, friends, or neighbors. Money was the next most common type of support received from relatives (parents, spouse or partner, other relatives), and child care was the next most common type of support received from friends and neighbors. Relatives provided more kinds of support to respondents than did friends or neighbors. For example, seven different types of support from parents were reported by at least 20 percent of those receiving support from parents, while only two different types of support from friends were reported by at least 20 percent of those receiving support from friends.