RESILIENCE IN SINGLE-PARENT HOUSEHOLDS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC: A LITERATURE REVIEW
This dissertation serves as a literature review to explore and identify how single-parent households have coped with the onset of COVID-19 and living in post-pandemic society across the world. Historically, single parents have experienced several types of hardships that can impact their ability to achieve financial and educational security whilst also being able to adequately care for their children. In addition to this, without the presence of a partner/network that can provide a second income or additional childrearing support, single parents may often feel that their roles are limited to working or childrearing, with little socialization with friends or peers. The COVID-19 pandemic compounded these issues by restricting access to jobs/work and preventing individuals from gathering. Furthermore, parents had to assume additional roles and academic moderators to ensure that their children were still attending online classes as campuses were closed. During these times, single parents experienced high levels of stress, role overload, mental health concerns and fear for financial instability. Research has indicated that despite these increases in types of stressors, single parents who engage in at least one type of resiliency strategy are able to decrease the level of role overload they experience as well as develop more positive perceptions about their situations. This positive outlook may ameliorate their relationship with their children, but further research is necessary.
A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Psychology
Clinical Psychology, Family Studies