Lone parents in Malta are increasingly on the national agenda. According to the last Census (2011) in Malta there are 10,631 single parents heading a family with at least one child under 18. These constitute 9% of all households with 2 or more persons.
The Department of Family Studies within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta in collaboration with Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity is organizing a conference entitled Single Parenthood in Malta: Key Findings from Two Research Studies which will be held on Friday 23 January, 2015 from 0900hrs till 1500hrs at the Aula Magna, Valletta Campus. During this conference, findings from two key studies commissioned by the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity and carried out by the University of Malta’s Department of Family Studies will be presented to the public.
In the first study entitled Improving the Quality of Life of Lone Parents in Malta a team of researchers seek to set the scene by building a more comprehensive picture of single parent families in Malta. In this ground breaking study which has surveyed the whole population of single parents whose youngest child is three, a rich and nuanced picture of single parent families will be presented which will include their particular formation and type of profile. Their sources of support, aspirations and barriers to work will also be highlighted. Most importantly a number of implications for policy and practice that are borne out of the research will be put forward. This study has been carried out by Professor Angela Abela, Dr Frank Bezzina, Ms Claire Casha and Dr Rose Marie Azzopardi.
In the second presentation, a systematic review of the important and robust studies in the international literature on Pathways to Single Parenthood will be presented. What are the crucial determinants that are more likely to lead to different types of single parenthood? What are the implications for policy and practice and how may we apply them to the local context? Professor Paul Montgomery from the Centre for Evidence Based Policy at Oxford University will be joining a local research team for this presentation. Dr Katya DeGiovanni, Professor Angela Abela, Ms Claire Casha, Dr Rita Borg Xuereb, and Dr Frank Bezzina also form part of the research team.
The general public is welcome to attend this conference. Further information including the programme and booking form can be accessed by following this link here.
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