Children's socio-economic origins have a major impact on their socio-economic destinations. But what effect do they have on other kinds of destinations, such as family life? In this article we assess the extent and nature of the relationship between social class background and lone motherhood, using a combination of research methods. We analyse three large datasets and explore in detail qualitative information from 44 in-depth interviews. Our analysis shows that women from working class backgrounds are more likely to become lone mothers (especially never-married lone mothers) than women from middle class backgrounds. Moreover, the experience of lone motherhood is very different for women from working class backgrounds compared with other women.
|Translated title of the contribution||Lone motherhood and socio-economic disadvantage: insights from quantitative and qualitative evidence|
|Pages (from-to)||30 - 49|
|Number of pages||20|
|Journal||The Sociological Review|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2005|