Single Moms: The Stress Of Single Mothers

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“I’m a working mother. You try to pay the bills, you try to keep your life going and there’s pressure” - Carnie Wilson. This is true for many of the mothers out there, single or married. It is even more true that all mothers face different types of stress. However, it seems that single mothers can experience higher degrees of stress than married mothers, with single mothers working hard on a daily basis. According to a study by the American Sociological Review, researchers found that single mothers can be more stressed than married mothers due to raising a child alone and other economic situations (Melnick). Through this, the answer can be pretty obvious: single mothers are more stressed than married mothers.
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In a study from Lipman, it was found that single mother often has lower income levels and education, which contributes to their depression. Furthermore, many reasons why single mothers have depression is due to financial hardship, unemployment, lack of social support, and the sole responsibility for the care of a child from Hope et al. While some single mothers are more likely to have full-time employment than married mothers, the time spent on a full-time job can be an important risk for depression from Brown and Moran. Other explanations for a single mother's depression from Barker/North, Dorsett, Shouls, and Slahpush, are major health problems including smoking, overuse of alcohol, and long-term illnesses, which can also worsen the mother’s financial situation. Additionally, a National Population Health Survey measured by the Composite International Diagnostic Interview by Cairney showed that single mothers have a higher 12-month commonness of major depression (15.4%) than married mothers (6.8%). (Wang Li). The situations that put stress of single mothers can not only lead to home, but can also greatly affect their…show more content…
A student from Western Michigan University found that children from single-parent homes have a strong parent to child communication system with a network of community support, and increasing levels of independence (Barajas). Other studies have shown even if single mothers don't have a spouse to deal with the extra weight, the mother has a community around them to help; and they can join community groups such as church groups and single parent support groups (Wolf). If not the community, the mother’s child can help carry some of the responsibilities. However, sometimes these community groups aren't available to many single mothers and their kids may be too young to aid their mother´s problems. Additionally, these benefits don't outweigh the stresses that were already to put on the single mother's shoulders; and certain situations can leave the mother dwelling on them instead of receiving the relief that they
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