Performance Improvement 2011-2012. How Many Single Mothers are Disconnected from Work and Public Support, and for How Long?


Researchers examined information on the population of people who are “disconnected” (not working or living with a working spouse and not receiving welfare or disability benefits). The study used nationally representative longitudinal data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation to examine movement into and out of being disconnected, events associated with becoming disconnected, and the size and characteristics of this population. The study also examined how people fare after being disconnected who return to employment or welfare, or find other forms of support.

About one in five low-income single mothers were disconnected from work and TANF in the mid-2000s. More than 40 percent remain disconnected for over a year. One-third of disconnected mothers live alone without other adults.

Report Title: Dynamics of Being Disconnected from Work and TANF
Agency Sponsor: OASPE-OHSP, Office of Human Services Policy
Federal Contact: Laura Chadwick, 202-690-7772
Performer: Urban Institute
Record ID: 9665 (Report issued May 20, 2011)

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