Lone-Parent Families in Europe

  • Mia TammelinEmail author
  • Ilkka Virmasalo
  • Outi Alakärppä
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)


The increase of lone-parent families is a common phenomenon across Europe. Lone parent families have been the focus of extensive research as these families are in a vulnerable position in society. In this chapter we firstly explore the proportion of lone-parent families across the European Union; secondly, the employment patterns of lone parents; and thirdly, we look at the employment rate by education of the lone parent in lone-parent families in the European Union. This study stems from the realization that there is a need to learn more about the situation of lone parents and to characterize their heterogeneity. Low socio-economic status might be connected with low income, work that is low skilled and working during non-standard hours, while a high socio-economic position might be linked with a good income, autonomous work and working time that enables a better work–family interface.


European Union Lone parents Poverty risk 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mia Tammelin
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ilkka Virmasalo
    • 1
  • Outi Alakärppä
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and PhilosophyUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland
  2. 2.Department of EducationUniversity of JyväskyläJyväskyläFinland

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