Most research on parenting in poverty has focussed on families living in areas of high socio-economic deprivation, and on their current stresses and support networks. This paper will report on a qualitative research project designed i) to explore the experiences of low income families living in diverse contexts (including areas with high and low levels of socio-economic deprivation), and ii) to consider the impact of parents’ life histories on their current experience of stress and support. 75 families have been interviewed in depth, including interviews with the main caregiver, a partner if available, and one child aged between 5 and 11 where possible. The sample includes families in contact with Social Services Departments and those with no such contact. The paper will review the diversity of their circumstances in terms of their relational, class, life course, community and cultural contexts, and consider the implications for the well-being of parents and children of these contexts, and the implications for services of recognising this diversity.
|Translated title of the contribution||Parenting on a low income in diverse contexts|
|Title of host publication||The State of Welfare: Past, Present & Future, Univeristy of Birmingham|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2006|