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dc.contributor.authorFiori, Francesca
dc.identifier.citationFiori , F 2020 , ' Maternal employment and the well-being of children living with a lone mother in Scotland ' , Demographic Research , vol. 43 , 57 , pp. 1685-1738 .
dc.identifier.otherBibtex: ISI:000602592900001
dc.descriptionAuthor gratefully acknowledges the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which funded the Understanding Inequalities project through which this research was conducted (Grant Reference ES/P009301/1).en
dc.description.abstractBackground : Previous research has shown that children who do not live with both of their parents fare worse on a variety of outcomes. However, less is known about the heterogeneity of children’s socioeconomic context and the factors that contribute to the negative effect of family structure. Objective : This study examines whether, under which circumstances, and through which mechanisms maternal employment influences the socioemotional well-being of children living with a lone mother in Scotland. Methods : The study uses longitudinal data from Growing Up in Scotland to follow a sub-sample of children living with lone mothers (N = 918). It applies Inverse Probability Weighting to estimate the effect of maternal employment when the child is aged 3 on children’s socioemotional well-being at age 5, net of selection effects; and the KHB decomposition method to assess the mediating role of household income and maternal well-being. Results : Children of working lone mothers are less at risk of having severe socioemotional problems, particularly if their mothers work in medium–high occupational positions. Higher levels of household income and the greater psychological well-being of working mothers partly explain the positive effect of maternal employment. Contribution : This study enhances understanding of the factors associated with the socioemotional well-being of children living with a lone mother by providing a detailed analysis of the role of maternal employment.
dc.relation.ispartofDemographic Researchen
dc.subjectChild well-beingen
dc.subjectLone mothersen
dc.subjectMaternal employmenten
dc.subjectHQ The family. Marriage. Womanen
dc.subjectHM Sociologyen
dc.subjectSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-beingen
dc.titleMaternal employment and the well-being of children living with a lone mother in Scotlanden
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Geography & Sustainable Developmenten
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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