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Exploring single parenting process in Malaysia: issues and coping strategies

Abd Hamid, Siti Rafiah and Salleh, Sakinah (2013) Exploring single parenting process in Malaysia: issues and coping strategies. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 84 (2013). pp. 1554-1559. ISSN 18770428

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Parents play a significant role in shaping the emotional and personality development of their children. However, single parents encounter double major roles, i.e. the parenting role and the role of a sole breadwinner for their family. This double role, leads a single working mother into having social and psychological problems. Previous studies reported occurrences of depression and emotional distress among children of single parents, high risks of school drop-outs, substance abuse, premarital sex and teenage pregnancies as well as neglected children. Single parents were found physically, mentally and emotionally unprepared which lead to a collapse of the family structure. Hence, through series of interviews, we explored and validated the coping strategies adopted by a sample of single Malay working widows and divorcees. The result of this study as well as previous studies indicated the importance of social support system in helping the single Malay working women effectively. © 2012 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Keywords: Single parenting process, Coping Strategies, Single working women, Support System, Stakeholders, Counseling

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 794/26815
Uncontrolled Keywords: Single Parenting; Working Mothers; Support System; Coping Strategies; Counseling.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Dr Siti Rafiah Abd Hamid
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2013 10:11
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 09:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/26815

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