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SEHSD - 2013-09
Misty L. Heggeness
Component ID: #ti545821658

Short Abstract

Today more women are having children out of wedlock and on their own; lone motherhood is on the rise (DeParle and Tavernise 2012, Roiphe 2012). While researchers typically focus on single, female-headed households to understand the dynamics of this particular population, this narrow definition limits our understanding of lone mothers. For example, lone mothers may also live with their children in someone else's home.

Lone mothers are single, separated, divorced, and widowed. They are householders and non-householders. They live in households with only their children, as well as in households with their parents, other relatives, and non-relatives. This paper uses data from the Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC) to assess well-being indicators of all lone mother families. Specifically, it compares the educational attainment, labor force participation, and poverty status of lone mothers by headship status, age, and household composition over the past five decades (1967 to the present).

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