The impact of financial hardship on single parents: an exploration of the journey from social distress to seeking help

Stack, R.J. ORCID: 0000-0002-0516-0228 and Meredith, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-7969-8469, 2017. The impact of financial hardship on single parents: an exploration of the journey from social distress to seeking help. Journal of Family and Economic Issues. ISSN 1058-0476

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Abstract

Single parent families are at high risk of financial hardship which may impact on psychological wellbeing. This study explored the impact of financial hardship on wellbeing on fifteen single parents. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed using constructivist thematic analysis. Participants described food and fuel poverty, and the need to make sacrifices to ensure that children's basic needs were met. In some cases, participants went without food and struggled to pay bills. Isolation, anxiety, depression, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts were described . However, participants reported that psychological services not able to take the needs of single parents into account. Support for single parents must acknowledge the impact of social circumstances and give more consideration economic drivers of distress.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Family and Economic Issues
Creators: Stack, R.J. and Meredith, A.
Publisher: Springer
Date: 17 October 2017
ISSN: 1058-0476
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10.1007/s10834-017-9551-6DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 26 Oct 2017 10:11
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2017 14:29
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/31889

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