Single mothers between 16 – 49 years at risk of poor health later in life

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Are you a single mother? Do you manage all your children expenses and health all alone? If yes, then have some time for yourself apart from our kids. Because, according to a recent study lone mothers in the age group of 16 49 are at an increased risk of ill health at a later stage of life. The research is published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (Read: Teens who live with a single parent likelier to drink, smoke)

Here s what you should know about the study

Where was the study carried out?

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The research showed that the risk of ill health for lone mothers is greater in countries like England, the US, Denmark and Sweden.

How was the study carried out?

In the survey, single mothers were asked a set of questions about childbearing and marital status to women aged above 50 and were asked to rate their own health.

What did the statistics indicate?

As per the research data, 1 in 3 of the US's surveyed mothers had been a single mother before the age of 50, compared with around 1 in 5 in England and Western European countries, around 4 out of 10 in Denmark and Sweden, and 1 in 10 in Southern Europe. (Read: Single parent s children likelier to be obese)

What were the study results?

The research findings explained that women who became single mothers before the age of 20, or as the result of divorce, or who parented alone for 8 or more years, were at particular risk of physical disability and poor health in later life than dual parenthood.

What was the conclusion?

Single parenthood may hamper a women's ability to get qualifications, have a career, and earn enough money which may itself lead to poorer health. However, with a strong family culture, single motherhood was not linked to increased health risks.

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