“Regardless of whether they had children, women without partners were consistently more likely to be clinically depressed, taking antidepressant medication or admitting to suicidal thoughts, according to the first large-scale Australian survey to examine the links between women’s family circumstances and their psychological wellbeing.
But compared with single women without children, lone mothers came off worse on all the same measures, said the nation-wide survey, which was divided into two groups: women in their mid 20s and those in their late 40s to early 50s.”
[…]They were twice as likely to be experiencing suicidal thoughts, and three times as likely to have deliberately hurt themselves in the previous six months compared with women who had a partner but no children.
Single mothers who were as financially secure as those bringing up their children with a partner were still more likely to be depressed, but the gap was considerably narrower – suggesting precarious finances might be a big contributor to the distress experienced by women bringing up children alone.”
It’s worth slowing down the consumerist treadmill just a tad – hang on to last year’s model just a while longer before you trade up – in order to provide the tax base of the future with the support they need now in order to learn the skills we will need them to have then. It’s self-interest, folks: it’s just that awful long-term stuff that our pollies don’t want you to be thinking about come election time. But we’re not that stupid, are we?