A parent-child family consisting of one parent and child(ren). The most common is a mother-led family, originating either because the mother was never a partner of the father of the child(ren) or because of separation, divorce, desertion, or death of the male head of the household. Children of single-parent families are vulnerable to social, economic, and emotional problems that can often be demonstrated to be associated with the family structure and function. However, children may be less disturbed in a single-parent family than in a dysfunctional family with two parents.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.