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Hello guys my name is adelle, my mum has been single for years and after watching her whilst I was growing up I have decided to look into the stigma surrounding single mothers and how they feel about it. Im just wondering if anyone would talk to me about their experiences? If i asked some questions? Please help Adelle

Posted on: October 29, 2010 - 4:58pm
Parenting specialist DoppleMe

Hello Adelle

Are you doing this as part of a college course? Are you wanting to circulate a survey? Maybe you could tell us more about this and want it would involve for participants.

Posted on: October 29, 2010 - 5:49pm


I don't notice any sort of stigma about being a single parent, no one says anything to me anyway, nothing negative, I get lots of positive comments though and I enjoy being a single parent and you can ask me anything : )

Posted on: October 29, 2010 - 6:40pm


Hi Louise that would be great, Im doing it as an undergraduate sociology course and I don't think there is enough decent research about the experience of single mothers themselves. My intention was a survey, a simple anonymous questionnaire that I will formulate in the next few weeks. I want to know more about the way in which women perceive themselves as mothers and whether they have ever felt like part of a singled out group because they do not or have not in the past had a partner.

Even if you don't feel that way it would be really great too, because I just need a range of different view points.

Its completely confidential so when I write it up no names will be used and I will write a note about this for the mums to see.

Let me know if you find this suitable and you are happy to participate.




Posted on: October 29, 2010 - 7:27pm


I am happy to participate. I am a single 'older' Mum. I have a son who has just turned 8. I haven't had a partner in the last 8 years, although occassionally my ex (not my son's father) shows up.

Posted on: October 29, 2010 - 7:54pm


I will help.

Posted on: October 29, 2010 - 9:12pm



I should be fast asleep by now, but want to comment.. I have had both positive and negative experiences as a single parent, and just by definition know that single parents are classed as belonging to a lower social class than other groups. Is it social class four or five. I think there is a stigma attached to it as some people (from personal experience) think that we get lots of help on benefits etc and choose this for this reason.  I personally feel though thats someone elses opinion, and I wouldn't want to label myself. There is an  saying about 'walking a mile in someone else's shoes' before judging someone..


Posted on: October 30, 2010 - 1:15am

Parenting specialist DoppleMe

Hi again adelleven

Are you going to include single dads as well?

What I will do is to contact our main office and mention that you would like to do this, it sounds as if there are a few people willing to participate, myself included.

Posted on: October 30, 2010 - 7:26am



  I would also like to participate Smile

Posted on: October 31, 2010 - 11:47pm


Hi louise, yes this would be great, mainly single mothers but anyone can comment. Im just in the process of looking at my questions 

Posted on: November 12, 2010 - 9:55pm