London, July 6: Children born to single women without a partner appeared to enjoy similarly as those in two-parent families, researchers say.
Single mother by choice is an increasingly popular procedure in most European countries.
According to the study, no major change was seen like emotional involvement or parental stress between family types and the same with the child, no problem with internal and external problem behaviour.
Single-mothers-by-choice, however, showed significantly higher scores on the social support such as parents, other family, friends, neighbours.
“Single-mothers-by-choice and their children benefit from a good social support network, and this should be emphasised in the counselling of women who want to have and raise a child without a partner,” said Mathilde Brewaeys from the VU University Medical Centre.
Experts had raised concerns about the well-being and development of children born to single-mothers-by-choice.
However, it seems single mother children can grow properly and the negative influence on child development depends more on a troubled parent-child relationship, researchers said.
“The assumption that growing up in a family without a father is not good for the child is based mainly on research into children whose parents are divorced and who thus have experienced parental conflict,” Brewaeys explained.
For the study, the team compared 69 single-mothers-by-choice (who had knowingly chosen to raise their child alone) and 59 mothers from heterosexual two-parent families with a child between 1.5 and 6 years.