Dating as a single parent message
Women, ages 15–24, were more likely to live in a low socio-economic area, have one child, and not to have completed their senior year of high school.
These women reported to be in the two lowest income areas, and their mental health was much poorer than those in higher income areas.
It was highest in Belgium (17%), Iceland (19%), Slovenia (20%), France (22%), Norway (23%) and Sweden (36%), while it was lowest in Lithuania (4%), Ireland (5%), Poland (5%), Estonia (7%), Austria (7%) and the United Kingdom (8%). In 2005/06, the proportion of 11-15 year old children living in a shared parenting arrangement versus with only one of their parents varied between 1% and 17%, being the highest in Sweden.
It was 5% in Ireland and the United States, and 7% in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Reasons for becoming a single parent include divorce, break-up, abandonment, death of the other parent, childbirth by a single woman or single-person adoption.
A single parent family is a family with children that is headed by a single parent.
Single mothers are likely to have mental health issues, financial hardships, live in a low income area, and receive low levels of social support.In 2016/17, the proportion of children living in a single-parent household varied between 6% and 28% in the different OECD countries, with an OECD country average of 17%.It was lowest in Turkey (2015, 6%), Greece (8%), Croatia (8%) and Poland (10%), while it was highest in France (23%), United Kingdom (23%), Belgium (25%), Lithuania (25%), United States (27%) and Latvia (28%). Among children living in a single-parent household, most live primarily with their mother, others primarily with their father, while other children have a shared parenting arrangement where they spend an approximately equal amount of time with their two parents.Among households with children in 2005/09, the proportion of single-parent households was 10% in Japan, 16% in the Netherlands, 19% in Sweden, 20% in France, 22% in Denmark, 22% in Germany, 23% in Ireland, 25% in Canada, 25% in the United Kingdom, and 30% in the United States. In all OECD countries, most single-parent households were headed by a mother.The proportion headed by a father varied between 9% and 25%.