This paper contributes to the understanding of vulnerability related to lone paren-thood in Switzerland. Vulnerability is a dynamic process during which individualsexperience falls and lose resources, but might also rise and gain empowermentas an outcome of different coping and adaptation processes. The population oflone parents is increasingly heterogeneous in terms of social background andavailable resources to cope with the challenges posed by a new household arran-gement. This implies that the experience of lone parenthood varies substantiallyacross social groups. Such heterogeneity represents a new issue for the definitionand the measurement of the relative disadvantage of lone parents and theirfamilies. Switzerland is an interesting case study because of the weak work-familyreconciliation policies and the institutional configuration that discourage femalelabour market participation. We discuss how the transition to lone parenthoodmay translate in additional strains for those parents who have to face the increasein family and work responsibilities alone. We use data from different sources todescribe a range of life domains in which lone parents may become vulnerable.

Vulnerabilität alleinerziehender Mütter in der Schweiz aus einer Lebensverlaufsperspektive / E. Struffolino, L. Bernardi. - In: ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR SOZIOLOGIE DER ERZIEHUNG UND SOZIALISATION. - ISSN 1436-1957. - 37:2(2017), pp. 123-141. [10.3262/ZSE1702123]

Vulnerabilität alleinerziehender Mütter in der Schweiz aus einer Lebensverlaufsperspektive

E. Struffolino
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2017

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This paper contributes to the understanding of vulnerability related to lone paren-thood in Switzerland. Vulnerability is a dynamic process during which individualsexperience falls and lose resources, but might also rise and gain empowermentas an outcome of different coping and adaptation processes. The population oflone parents is increasingly heterogeneous in terms of social background andavailable resources to cope with the challenges posed by a new household arran-gement. This implies that the experience of lone parenthood varies substantiallyacross social groups. Such heterogeneity represents a new issue for the definitionand the measurement of the relative disadvantage of lone parents and theirfamilies. Switzerland is an interesting case study because of the weak work-familyreconciliation policies and the institutional configuration that discourage femalelabour market participation. We discuss how the transition to lone parenthoodmay translate in additional strains for those parents who have to face the increasein family and work responsibilities alone. We use data from different sources todescribe a range of life domains in which lone parents may become vulnerable.
Der vorliegende Aufsatz soll zum Verständnis der Vulnerabilität alleinerziehenderMütter in der Schweiz beitragen. Vulnerabilität wird hier als dynamischer Prozessverstanden, in dem Individuen soziale Abstiege und den Verlust von Ressourcenerfahren, in dessen Verlauf sie aber auch aufsteigen und ein Mehr an Kontrolleüber ihr Leben erlangen können. Alleinerziehende Mütter bilden in Bezug auf ihresoziale Herkunft und ihre sozialen Ressourcen eine zunehmend heterogene Bevöl-kerungsgruppe, weshalb sich für die Definition und Messung ihrer relativen Nachteileneue Herausforderungen stellen. Die Situation in der Schweiz ist dabei ein inter-essanter Fall, da es hier an politischen Maßnahmen zur wirkungsvollen Förderungder Vereinbarkeit von Familie und Beruf fehlt. Die Autorinnen stellen dar, wie derÜbergang zur Ein-Elternschaft die Belastungen für jene Mütter erhöhen kann, dieihre gestiegene Verantwortung in Familie und Beruf alleine tragen. Zur Beschreibungder Gründe für die Entstehung von Vulnerabilität in verschiedenen Lebensbereichenalleinerziehender Mütter in der Schweiz ziehen die Autorinnen Daten aus unter-schiedlichen Quellen heran.
Alleinerziehende Mütter; Vulnerabilität; Lebensverlauf; Erwerbs-tätigkeit; Gesundheit; Lone mothers; Vulnerability; Life-course; Employment; Health;
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