Lone Parents' Mental Health and Employment
Researcher: Susan Harkness (PI)
Funder: Nuffield Foundation
Duration: October 2010 - May 2012
Collaborating institutions: Gingerbread
This research project explores a set of crucial issues around lone parents’ participation in paid employment and mental health. There are three core questions:
- Does employment alleviate depression among lone parents?
- To what extent does job quality matter?
- How does current employment policy affect mental health outcomes?
Although there is a large body of research on lone parent employment, and a substantial literature on employment and mental health, there is a gap in research that connects the two. This project seeks to address that by using quantitative research methods to analyse the relationship between work and depression, drawing on a number of existing large surveys. The research will be followed up by a small-scale qualitative survey to conduct a preliminary exploration of the findings on the relationship between work and depression that arise from the quantitative analysis.
Population Association of America annual meeting, San Francisco, 4th May 2012: 'The Influence of Employment on Depression: A Study of Partnered and Single Mothers in the United Kingdom'
Project outline (PDF)
|Sonia Bhalotra||University of Bristol, Department of Economics|
|Jed Boardman||Centre for Mental Health and Royal College of Physicians|
|Kate Davies||HM Treasury, Labour Market Policy|
|Laura Dewar||Single Parent Action Network|
|Karen Elsmore||Department for Work and Pensions, Child Poverty and Analysis Directorate|
|Bob Grove||Centre for Mental Health|
|Marcia Gibson||Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council|
|Kitty Stewart||London School of Economics, Department of Social Policy, Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)|
|Sally Wilson||Institute for Employment Studies|