What do we know about the social networks of single parents who do not use supportive services?
Morag McArthur and Gail Winkworth
Version of Record online: 17 FEB 2016 | DOI: 10.1111/cfs.12278
What is known about this topic?
- Social networks play an important role for vulnerable families in mediating isolation and stress.
- Finding and engaging families with limited social networks are a major challenge.
- Characteristics of individuals' social networks impacts on their capacity to link to both formal and informal social supports.
This paper adds:
- an analysis of the social networks of sole parents who are socially isolated and not connected to services;
- a fuller understanding of the role informal networks play in facilitating social support;
- the capacity of social networks to be a bridge to other resources is very limited, and services are not taking the opportunity to assist parents to access and develop social support.