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The increasing complexity of family relationships: Lifetime experience of lone motherhood and stepfamilies in Great Britain

Ermisch, J and Francesconi, M (2000) 'The increasing complexity of family relationships: Lifetime experience of lone motherhood and stepfamilies in Great Britain.' European Journal of Population, 16 (3). 235 - 249. ISSN 0168-6577

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Abstract

We investigate the lifetime incidence and duration of lone motherhood and stepfamilies in Great Britain using both retrospective and panel information contained in the British Household Panel Survey, 1991-1995. We find that about 40 per cent of mothers will spend some time as a lone-parent. The duration of lone parenthood is often short, one-half remaining lone-mothers for 4.6 years or less. About three-fourths of these lone-mothers will form a stepfamily, with 80 per cent of these stepfamilies being started by cohabitation and 85 per cent following the dissolution of a union. Stepfamilies are not very stable: over one-quarter dissolve within one year. Thus, an increasing proportion of today's young children in Britain are likely to experience the changes, tensions and strains which life in lone-parent families and stepfamilies often entails. The increasing complexity of inter-household relationships between children and parents has important implications for the relevance of theoretical views of the operation of the family put forward by social researchers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2014 15:40
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:54
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/8741

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