An investigation of coping skills and quality of life among single sole supporting mothers

  • Coyne G. 


Recent unprecedented changes to family structures have introduced an increasingly complex role for women in the context of family life and rearing of their children. Presently, single parent families headed by women are a significant demographic factor. This paper reports an investigation exploring the relationship between coping skills and quality of life among single sole supporting mother (N=73). The study identifies high levels of worry and inadequate financial resources as contributing factors towards a reduced perception of quality of life. It also identifies social support as a positive factor that can increase individual perception of quality of life. Although the study considers whether or not single sole supporting mothers aged 30 years and over are better able to cope with being both mother and financial provider than their younger counterparts, there was insufficient evidence to validate this view. Implications of the findings and research methodology for social work, counselling practice and further research are discussed.


Single mothers women single parent families youth social work counselling practice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Coyne G. 
    • 1
  1. 1.WorongaryAustralia

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