Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 129–146 | Cite as

The personal well-being of single-parent family heads rearing their children by themselves: A comparative study

  • Orna Cohen
Family Therapy in Israel Family Research with Clinical Implications


This article summarizes a study comparing the sense of well-being of divorced maternal and paternal single parents rearing their children by themselves with that of two-parent family heads. There were differences between the family's sense of well-being only in terms of the two extremes of their economic situation. In a good economic situation, single-parent families have a higher sense of well-being than the two-parent families; in a poor economic situation, the reverse is true. When the economic situation is average, their sense of well-being is similar. The concept of an androgynous sex role and a croblem-focused coping style (in that order) were important. Recommendations for other studies and directions for future thought about therapy procedures are included.

Key Words

single-parent families personal well-being Israel childrearing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Orna Cohen
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  1. 1.The Bob Shapell School of Social WorkTel-Aviv UniversityRamat AvivIsrael

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