Raising Children in Single-Parent Families

Nicholson, Jan M., D'Esposito, Fabrizio, Lucas, Nina, & Westrupp, Elizabeth M. (2013) Raising Children in Single-Parent Families. In Abela, Angela & Walker, Janet (Eds.) Contemporary Issues in Family Studies: Global Perspectives on Partnerships, Parenting and Support in a Changing World. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 166-188.

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Children from single-parent families fare more poorly on multiple outcomes than those in two-parent families. Most explanations for these differences assume that compromised parenting and parent mental health play a central role. This chapter explores the contribution of a range of factors to the parenting and mental health of single mothers using data from approximately 1000 Australian single mothers with a child aged 4–5 or 8–9 years. The findings show that single mothers are more likely than couple mothers to experience parenting and mental health difficulties; however, they also face heightened adversity in their home and extra-familial environments. Importantly, this comparison of single and couple mothers facing similar levels of adversity shows no difference in poor parenting practices, although single mothers remain more vulnerable to psychological distress. These findings have policy implications since they challenge the prevailing view that single-parent families inherently provide sub-optimal environments for raising children.

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ID Code: 69338
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: single-parent families, single mothers, mental health, parenting, social disadvantage, child wellbeing, separated families
DOI: 10.1002/9781118320990.ch12
ISBN: 9781119971030
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Deposited On: 27 Mar 2014 02:32
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2015 15:14

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