13. 05. 2019 14:25
Five percent of Slovak mothers with children aged 3-12 are single parents, according to a survey conducted by the Slovak Academy of Sciences' (SAV) Social Communication Research Institute. On the other hand, the majority of mothers (71%) share a household with a husband and the rest live in some form of alternative parenthood. "Almost 20% of women live in heterosexual cohabitation; 2% with a man or the father of their child but in separate households and 2.3% with a woman (same-sex partnership) in mostly shared households," expounded the researchers.
The data was collected on behalf of the SAV by the Focus agency in autumn 2018 on a sample of 1,010 respondents. The survey targeted all households in Slovakia with at least one child aged 3-12, whereas the Focus agency estimated that there might be 190,000 such households in Slovakia with its population of 5.5 million.
According to the results, there are more than 4,000 households in Slovakia where two women raise children and roughly 4,000 households with heterosexual parents who live separately but are not divorced. Furthermore, the survey established that there are 40,000 households with mothers and fathers living outside wedlock.