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Lecture 37

HDFS 2300 Lecture Notes - Lecture 37: Single Parent, Socioeconomic Status, Life Satisfaction

Human Development and Family Studies
Course Code
HDFS 2300
Louisa Baker

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Single parent households
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
1:32 PM
Routes to single parenthood
o Divorce/separation
o Death of partner
o Never married
o Out of state employment
Tasks for families
o Stress of family circumstances
o Relationships with other family members
o Task completion
o Allocation of resources
o Negotiation of boundaries and power
o Adaptability
Heterogeneity of single parent households
o Diversity in
Socioeconomic status
Connection with family supports
Relationship status
Connection with social supports
Comfort at using those supports
Work ability
Chosen vs imposed single parenting
Number of children
o Parental social or psychological characteristics, reasons, and pathways to
single parenthood contribute to
Life satisfaction
Perceived parental abilities
Psychological health and development of the children
Basic challenge tasks
o Managing family stress
o Developing (new) family themes and identities
"Broken home" stigma
o Managing maintenance tasks during times of transition
Financial stressors
Single men tend to have upward mobility, while women experience
downward mobility
Changes in employment status
May need to be more available to children
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