The health of children in sole-parent families in New Zealand: Results of a population-based cross-sectional survey

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dc.contributor.author Tobias, M en
dc.contributor.author Kokaua, J en
dc.contributor.author Gerritsen, Sarah en
dc.contributor.author Templeton, R en
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-15T00:00:32Z en
dc.date.issued 2010 en
dc.identifier.citation Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 34(3):274-280 2010 en
dc.identifier.issn 1326-0200 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/21991 en
dc.description.abstract Objective: To investigate whether children in sole-parent families in New Zealand bear excess risks of poor mental and physical health relative to children in two parent families. Data sources and statistical methods: The data source was the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey, a nationally representative household survey that sampled 502 children (5-14 years) of sole mothers and 1,281 children of partnered mothers. Results: Children of sole mothers were 1.26 (0.94 - 2.69) times as likely as children of partnered mothers to return a low PhS score. Adjusting for maternal health and family socio-economic disadvantage eliminated this weak association (which in any case was of borderline statistical significance). Children of sole mothers were more than twice as likely as children of partnered mothers to return a low PsS score, adjusting for demographic variables only. Conclusions: There is only a weak negative association (if any) between sole-parenting and child physical health, but a stronger association with child mental health - consistent with most of the New Zealand and international literature. The association with child mental health is largely (but possibly not completely) 'explained' by the poorer mental health of sole-parents and the poorer socio-economic circumstances of single-parent families (on average). Implications: These findings support policies aiming to improve access of sole-parents and their children to community mental health services, and (more especially) policies aiming to ameliorate the disadvantaged economic circumstances of single parent families. en
dc.language Eng en
dc.publisher John Wiley & Sons, Inc. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health en
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dc.rights.uri https://researchspace.auckland.ac.nz/docs/uoa-docs/rights.htm en
dc.subject Child health questionnaire en
dc.subject New Zealand en
dc.subject Single parent family en
dc.title The health of children in sole-parent families in New Zealand: Results of a population-based cross-sectional survey en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00526.x en
pubs.issue 3 en
pubs.begin-page 274 en
pubs.volume 34 en
dc.identifier.pmid 20618269 en
pubs.end-page 280 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/RestrictedAccess en
pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 430522 en
pubs.org-id Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.org-id Population Health en
pubs.org-id Social & Community Health en
dc.identifier.eissn 1753-6405 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-03-18 en
pubs.dimensions-id 20618269 en


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