An exploration into lone parenthood and the effects for children: does myth impede reality?

Wells, Sophie Mary Louise (2013) An exploration into lone parenthood and the effects for children: does myth impede reality? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Within the last three decades, there has been an extensive amount of social changes within society. These changes have occurred have in a plethora of ways from the demographic of marriage, co-habitation and childbearing; resulting in families and households becoming diverse and complex in comparison to previous generations. One family formation which has grown rapidly within society and is often the focus of wide spread unease, are lone parent families and their children. Often subject to intense interest and debate, lone parents have raised concerns over poverty, the welfare of their children or the costs to ‘decent tax payers’.
    This dissertation examines, in detail, the changes in social changes which can be argued to have led to the increase in lone parenthood. Further to this, social concerns which have arisen from the assumption that lone parents are dependent upon the state and instead of being wedded to a partner; are now wedded to the welfare state will be reflected upon. In addition to this, rising social anxieties as to the effects that lone motherhood is imposing upon their children and their future outcomes will be discussed in order to understand what is myth, and what is reality.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2013 14:25
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/13985

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