Friday, March 28, 2014

Clear correlation between one parent families and deprivation

The reality that single parent families are responsible for much of the growth in relative child poverty is gaining traction. These two graphs highlight this dramatically. They are a bit dated but nothing has improved since.

They come from a Counties Manukau DHB report so use the health decile rating system whereby 1 is wealthiest and 10 is poorest

The first shows that in the wealthiest decile over 90 percent of children live in two parent families while in the poorest just over half live in two parent families:

 The next shows the same broken into ethnicities:

In the poorest decile around 22 percent of Asian children live in a one parent family compared to around 56 percent of Maori children. What a stark difference.


thor42 said...

Outstanding post!

These graphs should be put in front of every MP in Parliament.

Brendan McNeill said...


I'm delighted that you are highlighting a stark reality that has been deliberately air brushed out of our national consciousness by the mainstream media for far too long.

Nothing is going to change in these statistics, or for these children or their parent(s) until we as a nation begin to say ‘its not OK’ to have babies as a teenager, or outside of a relationship in the form of marriage.

At one level this requires a social-cultural change in attitude, and at another level it requires the Government to stop funding irresponsible parenting.

I am hopeful but not optimistic on both these fronts. I am confident however that bringing these issues before the public will untimately result in pressure for change.

Anonymous said...

Lindsay -

I don't know if the statistics are "out there" to do this but I would like to see two graphs as follows -

Graph one - Two-parent families -
X-axis - "deprivation index" (from 1 to 10, 10 being the "most deprived").
Y-axis - number of children.

Graph two -
Single-parent families-
X-axis - "deprivation index" (from 1 to 10, 10 being the "most deprived").
Y-axis - number of children.

Another very telling graph would be graphing welfare spending over time and combining it with the above breakdown.

Those graphs would be *really* powerful.