Work and relationships over time in lone-mother families

Document type
Summary
Author(s)
Millar, Jane; Ridge, Tess
Publisher
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Date of publication
13 July 2017
Subject(s)
Families, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Employment, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This research provides new evidence on what it means for families to have a lone-mother who is employed, managing work and family life, often on a low income, for long periods of time.

With data drawn from in-depth interviews with lone-mothers and their children over a period of 14 to 15 years, the report looks at:

  • Experiences of lone mothers trying to sustain work over time.The importance of family relationships in enabling and supporting lone mothers in work.
  • The experience and contribution of children in helping their mothers to manage.
  • The challenging transitions for young people when moving away from the parental home and into work.
  • The importance of state support for the mothers, but the reduced support available to the young people.
  • The difficulties in finding security over time.

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