Growing up with a lone mother in Scotland: the role of employment, childcare and family ties on children’s wellbeing

Title
Growing up with a lone mother in Scotland: the role of employment, childcare and family ties on children’s wellbeing
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Francesca Fiori # University of Edinburgh
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Date and Time
17th Jun 2019 13:00 - 17th Jun 2019 14:15
Location
Practice Suite 1.12, Chrystal Macmillan Building
URL
http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/q-step/community/events/research_seminars/2019/growing_up_with_a_lone_mother_in_scotland_the_role_of_employment,_childcare_and_family_ties_on_childrens_wellbeing

In this seminar, Francesca Fiori will talk about her research on children growing up with a lone mother (either born to lone mothers or experiencing parents’ separation in their early years of life) in Scotland.

Existing research consistently reports worse outcomes for children growing up with lone parents as compared to children from intact families. However, it is important to acknowledge the heterogeneity of family trajectories as well as the socio-economic context experienced by children growing up with a lone-parent. Qualitative or cross-sectional studies, for example, highlight the positive impact of maternal employment, which can provide both economic resources and emotional and social returns. At the same time, however, negotiating employment and care responsibilities is extremely difficult for single mothers, and it is often only possible when they can rely on a network of formal and informal support. 

In her own research, Francesca adopted a longitudinal perspective to enhance understanding of the role that maternal employment plays on the wellbeing of children growing up with a lone mother, and of the role of the support provided by formal childcare arrangements and by the informal family network. 

This seminar will take place on 17th June from 1pm in the Practice Suite (1.12) on the first floor of the Chrystal Macmillan Building.

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