At this time, we recommend against measuring this potential barrier, for two reasons. First, there is no empirical data on the prevalence of having a family or household member with criminal involvement, nor the degree to which such a situation might interfere with a welfare recipients employability. Second, although we could attempt to measure this potential barrier indirectly, direct questions of this nature are likely to be strongly influenced by respondent bias. Given the limitations on survey length, it may be prudent to restrict the survey to barriers that we know are common and that can reasonably be measured.
1. For more information on the CTS, please see www.nnfr.org/eval/bib_ins/STRAUS.html, http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2/CTS_Application.htm, or www.nvawr.org/research/screenings.html.