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A community based study of unmarried & married mothers

  • K. McDonnell
  • M. Fitzgerald
  • T. Kinsella
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Abstract

THIS study examined a group of 50 unmarried mothers, living in an urban underprivileged area in Ireland, under the headings of: demographic details, background factors, material and social supports, the prevalence of psychiatric disturbance, and how they perceived their babies. The findings were then compared with those of a control group of 53 married mothers from the same community.

Difficulties encountered by both groups were very high levels of unemployment, financial difficulties and a high prevalence of psychiatric morbidity. There was also a high incidence of single pregnancies in the families of both groups. Significant differences between the unmarried and married groups of mothers lay in the areas of: inadequate accommodation, desire to conceive at the time of conception and paternal interest in the pregnancy.

The group of single mothers living alone emerged as a particularly vulnerable group, specifically in the areas of finances, social contact and psychiatric disturbance.

Keywords

Single Mother General Health Questionnaire Psychiatric Morbidity Family Planning Method Married Mother 
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© Springer 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. McDonnell
    • 1
  • M. Fitzgerald
    • 1
  • T. Kinsella
    • 1
  1. 1.St. Loman’s Hospital, PalmerstownDublin 20

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