Single mothers/lone parents case study

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  • Single mothers/lone parents
    • Nature/ characteristics of information presented
      • Text 1 and Fig 1 are quantitative data and are both secondary
      • Text 1 is a media source from the Daily Mail
      • Fig 1 is official statistics from ONS
    • Definitons
      • Single Mother/lone parent a single parent is a parent, not living with a spouse or partner, who has most of the day to day responsibilities in raising the children
    • Explanations for the trends
      • Changes in law e.g. easier to get divorce
        • Increase in number of divorce
      • Changes in society
        • Less stigma attached to being a single parent
        • Secularisation- less pressure on women to get married
        • Decrease in interest in marriage
    • Trends/patterns/key features shown by data
      • The data from both are from 2011 but Fig 1 was released in 2012
      • Fig 1 is reliable because it came from an offical source and can be repeated  and Fig 1 is valid because it comes from the government
        • Text 1 is invalid because it comes from a media source
    • Potential support which could be offered by government/charities/independent organisations
      • Benefit system
        • Income support
        • Childcare support income
      • Education Support
        • Breakfast club and after school club
      • Charities
        • Gingerbread charity
    • Potential advantages and disadvantages
      • Advantage: the parent have a closer relationship with their children and give them more care and attention to make up for the care of two parents
      • Disadvantage more likely to be financially unstable-don't have two incomes. Also parent may have to work lost of jobs, spends less time with their children.
    • Potential research method questions
      • Sample: snowball and stratified
      • Interview more likely to valid because gain a rapport with interviewee and get more detailed information due to more open questions.
      • Questionnaire are more reliable-easy to repeat. Can get more statistical information due to closed questions


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