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Analysing social support personal networks of single mothers
Rosaria Lumino, Marijtje van Duijn

Last modified: 2015-09-04


Social support networks play a relevant role in defining successful coping strategies by female-headed families, especially in presence of children and when they live alone. In the last decades, indeed, there was a steady increase of single parent families in all European countries, and consequently the number of risk areas related to single mothers is increased. The aim of the present contribution is to describe how social networks represent an essential source of social capital providing support to single mothers. An ego-centered network approach is adopted to reconstruct personal networks of a sample of single mothers living in a town of  Southern Italy. The pattern of ego-alteri relationships in the personal networks is investigated by adopting multilevel regression type models.

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