Single moms work at the cost of losing their health

Single moms work at the cost of losing their health
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A new research has revealed that single motherhood between the ages of 16 and 49 is linked to poorer health in later life.

A new research has revealed that single motherhood between the ages of 16 and 49 is linked to poorer health in later life.


The research showed that the risk of ill health for lone mothers is greater in countries like England, the US, Denmark and Sweden as in the survey they asked a set of questions about childbearing and marital status to women aged above 50 and were asked to rate their own health.

As per the research data, 1 in 3 of the US's surveyed mothers had been a single mother before the age of 50, compared with around 1 in 5 in England and Western European countries, around 4 out of 10 in Denmark and Sweden, and 1 in 10 in Southern Europe.

The research findings explained that women who became single mothers before the age of 20, or as the result of divorce, or who parented alone for 8 or more years, were at particular risk of physical disability and poor health in later life than dual parenthood.

Single parenthood may hamper a women's ability to get qualifications, have a career, and earn enough money, which may itself lead to poorer health and which have a strong family culture, single motherhood was not linked to increased health risks.

The research is published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.
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