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Conference 2015


Single Parenthood in Malta 

Key Findings from Two Research Studies 


The Department of Family Studies within the Faculty for Social Wellbeing at the University of Malta held a conference entitled Single Parenthood in Malta: Key Findings from Two Research Studies on Friday the 23rd of January, 2015 at the Aula Magna, Valletta Campus. This important conference was organized in collaboration with the Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity which commissioned the two studies carried out over a span of three years. 

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. 

In our first study entitled Improving the Quality of Life of Lone Parents in Malta a team of researchers 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 was presented which included their particular formation and type of profile. Their sources of support, aspirations and barriers to work were also highlighted. Most importantly a number of implications for policy and practice that are borne out of the research were put forward. This study has been carried out by Professor Angela Abela, Dr Frank Bezzina, Ms Claire Casha and Dr Rose Marie Azzopardi. Click here for the presentation.

In the second presentation, a systematic review of the important and robust studies in the international literature on Pathways to Single Parenthood was 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 joined 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.

Click here for the photo gallery.

Last Updated: 16 February 2015

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