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Family and Family Therapy
2016 Volume.24 No. 2 p.167 ~ p.185
Influences of Socio-Demographics, Child Parenting Hardships and Social Support on Single Parents’ Mental Health
Roh Young-Hee

Kim Sang-In
Abstract
Objectives: The researchers analyzed the relative influences of socio-demographic characteristics, parenting hardships, and social support on the mental health of single parents.

Methods: This study used data from the 2012 Single-Parent Family Survey collected by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family.

Results: In regard to the mental health of single parents, women fared more poorly than men, and temporary employees, or day-workers, and unemployed people were much more vulnerable. Regarding parenting hardships, women experienced more challenges than men in accessing academic resources and guidance. Social networks for women were larger than those for men, and a significant gap was found between the sizes of social support networks for permanent employees and those for the unemployed. The level of social support had an overall positive impact on mental health.

Conclusions: The mental health of female single parents was negatively affected by a lack of both academic and daily-life guidance; in comparison, the mental health of male single parents was negatively affected only by a lack of academic guidance. There was a statistically significant positive effect of social supports on female single parents.
KEYWORD
single parent family, mental health, parenting hardships, social Support
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