These mental disabilities include but are not limited to anxiety and depression.
Financial hardships also affect the mental health of single mothers.
Among those living primarily with one single parent, most live with their mother.In 2016 (or latest year available), the proportion of 6-12 year olds living primarily with their single father ranged between 5% and 36% among the different OECD countries.It was highest in Belgium (17%), Iceland (19%), Slovenia (20%), France (22%), Norway (23%) and Sweden (36%), while it was lowest in Lithuania (4%), Ireland (5%), Poland (5%), Estonia (7%), Austria (7%) and the United Kingdom (8%). In 2005/06, the proportion of 11-15 year old children living in a shared parenting arrangement versus with only one of their parents varied between 1% and 17%, being the highest in Sweden.It was 5% in Ireland and the United States, and 7% in Canada and the United Kingdom.Women, ages 15–24, were more likely to live in a low socio-economic area, have one child, and not to have completed their senior year of high school.
These women reported to be in the two lowest income areas, and their mental health was much poorer than those in higher income areas.
Reasons for becoming a single parent include divorce, break-up, abandonment, death of the other parent, childbirth by a single woman or single-person adoption.
A single parent family is a family with children that is headed by a single parent.
It was highest in Australia (10%), Canada (10%), Mexico (10%), United States (10%), Lithuania (10%), Costa Rica (11%), Latvia (11%) and New Zealand (11%), while it was lowest in Japan (3%), Greece (4%), Switzerland (4%), Bulgaria (5), Croatia (5%), Germany (5%), Italy (5%) and Cyprus (5%).
The proportion was 9% in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. proportion increased from 20% in 1980 to 30% in 2008.
All of these factors are taken into consideration when evaluating the mental health of single mothers.