Single Parents in Singapore

1164 Words Feb 19th, 2018 5 Pages
The first issue he pointed out was the rising divorce rate that has doubled over the past 20 years and concluded that this is the most utmost concern of the ministry.
Yet in Singapore poor single parent families have to compete with other vulnerable groups for means-tested social assistance, as there are no social security policies that are aimed towards poor single parents. In fact, single parent families are not qualified for some of the social services and assistance made available to the poor but normal families, as they are perceived as challenging the “ideal” family structure and should thus be penalized.

Single Mothers in the Singapore Context
Many Singaporeans think that single mothers are women who lead “liberal” sexual lifestyles and became pregnant after premarital sex and choose to raise the child rather than have an abortion. Unfortunately, some do fit the stereotype. By definition, a single mother has children but no husband; however that does not mean that she is unmarried, let alone never been married. Furthermore, widowed and divorced mothers are also single mothers. So is a woman who is raising her child alone because she is living apart from her husband. In reality, most single mothers are in their position not because they chose an alternative lifestyle but rather of unforeseen and/or unfortunate circumstances, which…
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