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Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting
European Contexts

ISBN 9780367877514
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
224 Pages

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Book Description

In Europe, the percentage of lone-parent families has risen from 14% to 19% between 1996 and 2012. Only in Greece and Finland did the rates fall, while in Denmark and the Republic of Ireland the rise has reached or exceeded 10 percent. As of 2017, there are 2.9 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK, and nine out of ten lone parents are women. Sadly, lone parents are known to experience considerable social, financial, and health problems.

Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting examines the way in which lone parents live their lives, and how it impacts their health and well-being. Topics explored in these interdisciplinary contributions include lifestyle, nutrition, and the mental health of both parents and children. Unique empirical case studies within a European context help to expand the reader’s understanding, whilst also drawing comparisons between the impacts of lone parenting on young mothers, fathers and their children.

A timely volume, this book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in subjects such as Sociology of the Family, Social Policy, Social Work, Gender Studies and Family Policy.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 Lone Parents in the UK

Professor Ann Berrington

Chapter 2 Lone parents, poverty and mental health: results from the Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey 2012

Professor Sarah Payne

Chapter 3 Mental Ill-Health among Parents After Divorce and Separation: Causes, Consequences and Compounding Factors

Dr Judy Corlyon

Chapter 4 Surviving not thriving: eating and health in lone-parent families in the UK

Professor Elizabeth Dowler


Chapter 5 Child Health and Lone Motherhood: Evidence from the UK Millennium Cohort Study.

Dr Denise Hawkes

Chapter 6 The disparities in health and quality of life in child protection: The case of the Loire-Atlantique department

Professor Catherine Sellenet

Chapter 7 Family context and adoption of risky lifestyles: a study of English adolescents

Dr Rosalind Bell-Aldeghi and Dr Sandy Tubeuf

Chapter 8 Public health, social anxieties: the example of the English lone teenage mother

Dr Lisa Arai

Chapter 9 The Health of British Teenage Parents and Their Children

Professor Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq

Chapter 10 Young Fathers and Their Perspective of Health and Well-Being: Examples from the ESRC ‘Following Young Fathers Study’

Dr Carmen Lau-Clayton

Chapter 11 Lone Parents’ Self-rated Health in European Comparative Perspective: Socio-Economic Factors, Job Quality and Social Protection

Dr Ingrid Esser


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Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq is Professor of Contemporary British Studies at the University of Tours, France


Some lone parents parent alone; some are well supported; some fathers (or more usually mothers) in couples parent alone. This eclectic and forward looking collection covers a range of issues relevant to health and well-being.

Helen Roberts, UCL Great Ormond Street, Institute of Child Health