International Research Project “One parent families in the new century”

From the Interuniversity Group (SGR-178/2009) Copolis. Welfare, Community and Social Control, and within TIIFAMO Network, is promoting the implementation of a research project of international scope for the study of current and prospective situation of one parent families in Spain from a comparative perspective European and Latin American, entitled “One-parent families in the new century.”

The result of this research will be a greater awareness of the changes that are affecting single parents in this last decade: the demographic changes and profiles of one parents, the installation of the realities in the mass media and political agenda, in the local and national authorities of Spain, the highest incidence of local services and new technologies in their daily life, the strengthening of single parenthood in the academic and scientific fields or the emergence of a strong network of associations around one parent families.

Currently, the project is in its preparatory phase, managing respects, the consolidation of its partners and members and defining their funding streams.

For more information, please consult the following SUMMARY:

One parent families are a growing phenomenon in all countries, in all around societies and deserve to be analysed in depth historical, comparative, quantitative and qualitative. The research project aims to deepen the changes around one parent parents, their profiles, their lives and their livelihood strategies and welfare in Spain during the first decade of the century, as well as the social impact of such changes.

The starting hypothesis is that after a decade of installing a new paradigm or analytical stage of one parenthood and after an increasing visibility of mass media, political, legal, academic and social framework, most parent groups have improved subjectively life conditions, but still retain the difficulties and denials materials for those most vulnerable to social exclusion. This implies the ineffectiveness of the measures taken so far and the need to further strengthen the organizational capacity of the associative and self managing a one parent.

Methodological pluralism permeates all the research that is tested empirically, with analysis of transverse and longitudinal surveys and qualitative field experiences. The project is divided analytically into four complementary levels, a first theoretical construction for a comprehensive approach to one parenthood, from family diversity, gender and social exclusion processes. A second level of quantitative description of one parenthood in Spain through the analysis of the Living Conditions Survey, European Household Panel and the Census of Population and Housing 2011. A third level of qualitative study based on interviews, life stories of people who head one parent families, discussion groups and participation action research experiences. Finally, a fourth level exploratory which will propose a pilot questionnaire to contribute to an improved statistics system available.

The impact of this in society today and its prospects, in light of new theorizing and debate about one parenthood is ultimately the main purpose of this research project.