Descriptive analyses of the SIPP measures most frequently used to assess material hardship find, not surprisingly, that:
- Families with children who have low incomes and limited assets experience material hardships more often than their counterparts with higher incomes and assets.
- Families that are headed by a single adult are more likely to experience basic needs or food security hardships than households with married adults or multiple adults.
- Families with children who are in need generally experience multiple hardships; the presence of one hardship is a good predictor of other hardships. This is especially the case among households with incomes under 100% of the federal poverty level.