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Keywords:

  • Single parents;
  • vulnerable mothers;
  • children of single mothers;
  • intervention approaches

This paper reviews the subject of lone parenthood with a particular emphasis on single mothers. The shift from the conformity of the traditional family of married couples with children to an increase in the one-parent family is examined in terms of epidemiology. Comparative studies of single and married mothers are reviewed. The demanding task of parenthood is examined in terms of vulnerability and protective factors: intervention approaches are considered, and the need for greater formal recognition of single motherhood in our society is highlighted.