The The Financial Wellbeing of Single Mother's Families

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There has been an increase in the divorce cases in Malaysia. Consequently, the numbers of single-parent family in Malaysia especially headed by women are increasing. It was estimated that there were 800,000 of families in Malaysia in 2005 were headed by women (Ministry of Women, Family and Development, 2006). Unfortunately, female-headed households are associated with lower incomes and consequently, high rates of poverty. Various factors have been identified as affecting the well being of female- headed households after marital disruption or the death of their husbands including economic difficulties. In this study, single mother was defined as single parenthood resulted from divorces, death of a husband or abdication of families by husbands. This study attempted to assess the financial wellbeing families headed by single-mothers. The objectives of this study are to identify sources of income, determine the amount o family income and assess the financial wellbeing of single mothers’ families. The study was conducted in four state randomly selected to represent the four regions in Peninsular Malaysia namely, Eastern, Central, Northern and Southern regions. Lists of single mothers were obtained from the primary schools attended by their children. A total of 700 respondents participated in the study. The assessment of female-headed families’ financial wellbeing provide a good basis for the Malaysian government to design programmes to enhance their well being such as to reduce the incidence of poverty among this group, thus ensure children in such families will not be deprived of good future and opportunities.


Keywords: Single Mothers, Finance, Wellbeing, Malaysia
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Sharifah A. Haron

Senior Lecturer, Department of Resource Management and Consumer Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Ph.D in Consumer and Family Economics.Research interest in the area of Consumer/Consumption Economic, Consumer Behaviors and Family Economics.

Dr. Jariah Masud

Professor, Senior Lecturer, Department of Resource Management and Consumer Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


Benjamin Y.F. Chan

Tutor, Department of Resource Management and Consumer Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


Dr. Mansor Abu Talib

Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Development and Family Studies
Faculty of Human Ecology, Universiti Putra Malaysia

Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia


Ref: I08P0739