Views about state support for lone parents and their children

a qualititive study carried out on behalf of the Department of Social Security
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Statementby Dawn Snape and John Kelly.
SeriesIn-house report,, 50
ContributionsKelly, John., Great Britain. Dept. of Social Security. Social Research Branch.
LC ClassificationsHV700.5 .S58 1999
The Physical Object
Pagination1 v. (various pagings) ;
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL100159M
ISBN 101851978720
LC Control Number99214419

Abstract. In the context of a more general re-orientation of ‘western’ governments’ commitments to state welfare, there has been a radical shift of policy in Britain on the financial support of lone parents and their by: 1. 9 E.E.C., Lone parents and poverty in the E.E.C.

(Copenhagen, ); Kahn, A. and Kamerman, S., Income transfers for families with children (Philadelphia, ). 10 Indeed it was not until the Custody of Infants Act that mothers were given their first legal right to custody of their by:   Lone parents and their children have poor health and social outcomes, disproportionately experiencing depression [1, 2], psychiatric disease, attempted suicide, alcohol and drugs-related disease [], poor educational outcomes [], and school behaviour problems [].Lone mothers in the UK are twice as likely as partnered mothers to describe their health as ‘not good’ (13 % compared.

Those with New Right views particularly blame the generosity of the welfare state for the growth of lone parents. Writers such as Murray argue that the generous welfare state benefits and encourages women to have children they could not otherwise afford to support.

Parents with knowledge of child development compared with parents without such knowledge have higher-quality interactions with their young children and are more likely to engage in parenting practices associated with children’s healthy development (Benasich and Brooks-Gunn, ; Hess et al., ; Huang et al., ).

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It says a lone parent, who is the primary carer of a child or children, needs a particular suite of supports while her children are in education. 'One-parent families' only appeared in official documentation in the s.

Of course, arrangements whereby one parent brings up a child have always existed but historically it was a phenomenon known by different stigmatised names (e.g.

'unmarried mother', 'fatherless family') and regarded from different perspectives (e.g. as pathological). The change in name, some shift towards. Govt promises to support lone parents The Government has said it is committed to ensuring that lone parents do not suffer poverty or social exclusion.

Sat, 27 Jan, -   The rate payable was £1/week for the first and £ for each subsequent child. An additional 50p was payable to lone-parent families.

Child Benefits increased in line with inflation, untilwhen the new Labour government increased the first child rate by more than 20%, and abolished the Lone Parent rate. Children living with their single, never married mothers have become the focus of recent anxiety, perhaps because this group of mothers has been the fastest growing group of lone parents.1 At the most recent count () a third of lone parents, caring for more than two million children, were single, never married mothers.

80 Proportion of lone parents receiving maintenance by contact with lone parent and children 80 Who lone parents approached for help to get money payments 81 Reasons for not receiving. Lone parents have historically been depicted in the UK press as a homogenous mass, criticized for their economic dependence on the State and for their less than perfect parenting.

This chapter seeks to unpick this simplistic stereotype using an intersectional lens to discover the actual identity of the individuals subject to such scrutiny. Nearly a quarter of children (24%) now live with one parent - thought that still means 76% live with two parents.

Most people's ideal is to bring up children with two happy parents, but many fail. - lone mothers cannot properly discipline their children - lone parent families leave boys without a male role model =education failure and delinquency - families are likely to be poorer, and a burden of taxpayers and the state.

Lone-parent families are more than twice as likely to live in poverty as two-parent families. Children from broken homes are nine times more likely to become young offenders.” Criticisms of the New Right view of the family. They exaggerate the decline of the Nuclear family.

Most adults still marry and have children. parents and the teachers’ perceptions. The authors recruited a convenience sample of 62 children (30 with single parents, and 32 children with married parents) between six and nine years old.

To evaluate the parents’ perceptions about their children’s behaviour, the Portuguese versions of the CBCL (Child Behaviour Check List) and the TRF.

To turn the single parent effects on child development into a positive impact, try to be as hands-on as possible regarding your child’s academic life. Keep in regular touch with their school and work with their teachers to solve issues and tackle any effects of being raised by a single parent. to help with their child’s homework.5 Nearly 60% of parents said that they frequently helped their child with their homework (i.e.

they did so ‘every time’ or ‘most times’); approximately one third did so occasionally. How often a parent helps with homework is strongly tied to the school year of the child; parents of younger children.

Furthermore, the benefits system means that more children will bring more money, so it pays to have a large single-parent family rather than a small one. Evaluating New Right views on the functions of families and households.

A lot of sociologists strongly disagree with the New Right view.

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They are accused of “blaming the victim”. Between andthe proportion of black children in America raised in single-parent families rose from 22 percent to 70 percent. (Photo: iStock Photos). In% of the families in the UK were lone parent families ( million).

Over the last 10 years this number has not changed significantly, but between and there has been a statistically significant increase of %. Lone parent mothers remained the most common type of lone parents inaccounting for 86% of this family type.

The average age of a single parent is 39 years (iv) Then and now. The proportion of families with children headed by single parents has remained at around 25 per cent for over a decade. The current figure is per cent (v) The proportion of single parents who are fathers has stayed at around 10 per cent for over ten years (vi) Find out more.

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By25% of children were living in single parent households, many of which were poor, prompting a sense that the family was in crisis (Minow ).

Economic, technological and social factors have together made the full time-stay at home housewife and mother with a working husband a statistical minority. Not all single parents have the same reasons for single parenting.

Some single parents are fortunate enough to not have to have gone through a traumatic experience to become single parents. They are usually pleased with the task that life has assigned to them, and their relationships with their children are usually problem free.

The number of single-parent families with dependent children has tripled from 2% of British households in to 7% in There are now approximately million single-parent families in Britain, making up about 23% of all families.

2 days ago  Parents have dreams of what their children will become, but the path parents lay out before them is not always the one they choose. Kelly Rippon, a single mother of six kids, didn't have a book. Sometimes children of single parents do better than children of married parents.

For example, a study of hundreds of to year olds and their parents showed that in their. The single parent may feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of juggling caring for the children, maintaining a job, and keeping up with the bills and household chores. And typically, the family's finances and resources are drastically reduced following the parents' breakup.

Single parent families deal with many other pressures and potential. Children who have single parents will also have many supporters. Most cases, the extended family members will play a unique role in a child’s life. Single parents who do not live with their extended families will try participating in community groups which may include single parent support groups, synagogues and churches.

Public willingness to support other people’s children (and it is the children the state is really protecting, via their mothers) is shrinking even faster than the tax base. While no one is going to state that it is best for children to live in single-parent families, it appears clear that most adverse effects stem, not from the absence of a particular parent, but.

In most countries children in lone parent families are at increased risk of experiencing poverty. Inthe proportion of lone parents below the poverty line in EU countries reached %.Single parents have higher levels of mental health problems, which could result partly from the stress of trying to balance the needs of employment, home responsibilities, child rearing, and interactions with the child's school with limited time, personal, and social support (Cairney, ).

Children in single parent families also are more.