Almost one in five British mothers is a lone mother.
Their children have injury rates that are twice those of children in two parent families.
In this article the link between lone parenthood and childhood injury is examined.
The increased injury rates for the children of lone mothers can be explained by the poverty, poor housing conditions, and social isolation of lone mothers in Britain.
The problem of reconciling the demands of paid work with the demands of the unpaid work of childrearing is particularly difficult for lone mothers, who find themselves in a benefit dependent poverty trap.
Many such mothers would seek paid work if affordable day care were available.
Day care would also provide a safe environment for their children, who are otherwise exposed to the environmental hazards of poor housing.
Provision of day care is a social policy that would have important effects on the health and welfare oflone mothers and their children.
These effects deserve to be properly evaluated.
Mots-clés Pascal : Accident domestique, Accident corporel, Facteur risque, Pauvreté, Famille monoparentale, Mère, Isolement social, Politique sanitaire, Garde enfant, Jour, Enfant, Homme, Traumatisme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Household accident, Personal injury, Risk factor, Poverty, One parent family, Mother, Social isolation, Health policy, Child custody, Day, Child, Human, Trauma
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0027596
Code Inist : 002B30A01A2. Création : 01/03/1996.