Saturday, June 04, 2011

Single Mothers Face Stress And Financial Hardship That Triggers Physiological Impact Later In Life

MSNBC: Single moms report worse health in midlife

Is there anyone who would be so bold as to "reverse engineer" a logical read into this story?
Indeed the stress of "doing it all alone" - seeking to raise children by herself as she works to keep a roof over their collective heads causes stress upon the single mother.

Is this just cause to take a look at our societal points of indoctrination and normalization regarding male/female long term relationship?  If there was ever a case for "preventive medicine" I have never seen it before.

This will mandate that our society take another look at where we stand with regard to the unraveling of standards which dared to suggest that the man who sired children should submit himself to a higher authority which guides his behavior and in turn do all that he can to remain worthy as the head of the household - thus relieving the stress off of his female mate.

(As a frequent victim of "stress relief" from a woman - I can understand the medicinal effects of having a man around.  :-)  )
Single moms may be at risk for poor health later in life.

Of thousands of mothers who participated in a 30-year study, the ones who had delivered children outside of marriage reported being less healthy when they reached their 40s than the ones who had postponed motherhood until after marriage.
And marriage, when it occurred after motherhood, did not appear to remedy the women's health problems, said study researcher Kristi Williams, an associate professor of sociology at Ohio State University.
The findings suggest public health campaigns to promote marriage, which were started by the government in 1996 and aimed at single, low-income mothers, may not improve these women's health as once hoped, the researchers said.

Because many more women have out-of-wedlock children today than several decades ago, the researchers predicted an increasing public health problem as these women enter their midlife.
About 40 percent of newborns in the United States come from single moms, compared with 10 percent in 1960, the researchers said.

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