ERIC Number: ED223318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Male and Female Single Parents in Australia.
Berry, Kenneth K.; Schmidt, Andrew
A cross section of 40 Australian single parents was administered an 8-page, 30-item questionnaire designed to generate information about the differences between males and females. The questionnaire contained a variety of question types, including close-ended questions, open-ended questions, and checklists. Specifically, items dealt with demographic data such as age, income, educational level, and number of children. Other areas covered were support systems, use of advice sources, and changes in parents' lives following divorce. The only significant differences found between mothers and fathers were on demographic variables such as income level, occupation, and visiting patterns of the children. Fathers' income, level of education, and occupational status were found to be significantly higher, and their general living conditions (in terms of housing) were considered to be better than those of single mothers. With regard to visiting patterns, children whose fathers held custody tended to see their noncustodial parent on a more regular basis than children whose mothers held custody. Possible explanations for these differences are discussed. (MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).