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Among those living primarily with one single parent, most live with their mother.In 2016 (or latest year available), the proportion of 6-12 year olds living primarily with their single father ranged between 5% and 36% among the different OECD countries.Among households with children in 2005/09, the proportion of single-parent households was 10% in Japan, 16% in the Netherlands, 19% in Sweden, 20% in France, 22% in Denmark, 22% in Germany, 23% in Ireland, 25% in Canada, 25% in the United Kingdom, and 30% in the United States. In all OECD countries, most single-parent households were headed by a mother.The proportion headed by a father varied between 9% and 25%.Over 9.5 million American families are run by one woman.Single mothers are likely to have mental health issues, financial hardships, live in a low income area, and receive low levels of social support.Reasons for becoming a single parent include divorce, break-up, abandonment, death of the other parent, childbirth by a single woman or single-person adoption.
The occurrence of moderate to severe mental disability was more pronounced among single mothers at 28.7% compared to partnered mothers at 15.7%.Researchers Copeland and Snyder analyzed sixty-four African American mothers who brought their children in for mental health treatment.These mothers were than screened for mild, moderate, and severe depression and/or anxiety.Mental health services remain inequitable for low-income, more so, low-income single women are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and other poor mental health outcomes.Researchers Copeland and Snyder (2011) addressed the barriers low-income single mothers have on receiving mental health care, "Visible barriers often include the lack of community resources, transportation, child care, convenient hours, and financial resources." Meanwhile, low-income single mothers are more likely to bring their children in for mental health treatment than themselves.