Lone Parents and Poverty

von: Caroline Mutuku

GRIN Verlag , 2018

ISBN: 9783668748668

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Lone Parents and Poverty


 

Seminar paper from the year 2018 in the subject Business economics - Economic and Social History, grade: 1, , language: English, abstract: Over decades, it is evident that family structures have experienced a remarkable change, and they are still undergoing transient evolution. This phenomenon has been witnessed across Europe, as well as other parts of the world. However, it is worth noting that the massive changes in family structural characteristics have occurred at different timings, albeit with different reasons (European Commission, 2007). Of great consideration is lone parenthood which has been associated with a high risk of poverty. Lone parents are most likely to become poor due to various reasons. Evidence shows that the phenomenon of lone parenthood contributes to social exclusion in the society due to poverty. Rowlingson & Mckay (2014) remark that 'lone parent families are poor families' (p. 32). This is one of the consequences of classism ideology. As a result, social exclusion has led to the failure of families to accomplish their core functions including child care and mentorship. In Europe, survey statistics show that 16.6 percent of lone parents are living in abject poverty compared to only 5.5 percent of the total European population. In total, there are 1.8 million lone parent families in the United Kingdom and 52 percent comprises of single mothers (European Commission, 2007). This implies that poverty among lone parent households is emerging as serious social and economic issue. European Commission (2007) observes that lone parent households are experiencing poverty and social exclusion, a situation if not addressed, may cause immense consequences including the transmission of poverty to upcoming generations within lone parent households. This implies that these poor children may grow to become socially excluded adults; thus increasing inequality in the society. Therefore, this research paper will provide a critical overview on lone parenthood and poverty.