Why single mothers are more likely to get ill when they get older

Susan Harkness

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Abstract

Evidence shows lone mothers suffer from poorer health on average than women with partners. But the situation isn’t as clear cut as this might suggest.

For physical health, many of the observed differences between lone and partnered mothers are mediated by socio-economic factors. That means, once you account for the difference in mothers' income and status, whether they’re single or not has little impact on their health.
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2015

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