UVA Research: Cohabiting Moms Face Greater Financial Risk
Researchers at the University of Virginia say cohabiting mothers face a greater financial risk than single mothers.
Policy associate Annie Rorem from the Weldon Cooper Center found that about 42 percent of cohabiting mothers in Virginia live under the federal poverty line - compared to 37 percent of single mothers not living with a partner.
Rorem says that a recent Pew research study lumps single mothers into one group - when that isn't the case.
"Not all unmarried women are raising children alone, so single mothers are not a monolithic group and it's important that we not treat them as such," said Rorem.
Rorem used data from the 2011 American Community Survey and looked at descriptive statistics.
She emphasizes all mothers are important for the labor force because unpaid work at home is critical for the economy.
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