The big picture: quality in the lives of lone parents

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A thesis and policy-focused paper which report from a survey of 275 lone parents from the area previously known as Strathclyde Region in the early 1990s. Canvasses lone parents' views on fourteen domains of life (stage 1), asks them to evaluate the extent to which they are satisfied with these domains - using 2 indicators for each domain (stage 2) and uses the former as a weightings for the latter to determine their overall quality of life (stage 3). Compares results with partnered parents and concludes that while partnered parents express more satisfaction in their lives, they share with lone parents a similar conception of what matters (e.g. family life is the most important domain). Access to childcare (having access), work status (working) and locale profile (living in a locale with fewer lone parents) were particularly important in determining which lone parents reported a higher quality of life. The overarching conclusion is that there is a self-expression of quality in the lives of deprived population groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrivate Lives and Public Responses: Lone Parenthood and Future Policy in the UK
EditorsRueben Ford, Jane Millar
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherPolicy Studies Institute
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780853747369
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1998

Publication series

NamePSI Report


  • lone parents
  • quality of life
  • well-being
  • welfare provision
  • surveys


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