1st Edition

Fertility, Health and Lone Parenting European Contexts

Edited By Fabienne Portier-Le Cocq Copyright 2018
    224 Pages
    by Routledge

    224 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.



    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



    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