A Profile of Families Cycling on and off Welfare. Characteristics of the full sample


Appendix Table 1 displays the characteristics of sample members from each site, as well as for the pooled sample, equally weighted. As can be seen from the Full Sample column, the sample includes primarily females, around 30 years of age, with one or two children. Most sample members had at least one child under the age of 6. The sample was relatively evenly divided among whites and African Americans. Hispanic sample members comprised less than 10 percent of the sample. About 60 percent of sample members were ongoing recipients at their time of sample intake. A similar percentage worked for pay during the two years prior to sample intake, but their work history was limited. This subgroup of sample members with prior employment averaged about one year (4 quarters) of employment (2.2 quarters divided by 0.555) in the two years before sample intake.

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