Single parent households in the majority
The recent Enhogar 2015 survey by the National Statistics Office (ONE) reveals that married couples have become less common than cohabiting couples when it comes to parental status. In the DR 33.3% of households are now headed by women and 40% are single parents. Of 31,927 households polled, in 21,288 of the cases the heads of the household were men and in 10,639 the heads were women.
Among the families headed by men, in more than 40% they live alone, in 18.6% they are married and in 38.1% they have an informal spouse.
Family therapist Ana Simó said that the concept of family has not changed. What has changed is the kind of family.
She explained that in the past a family consisted of a father, mother and the children. Today the situation has been influenced by the increase in divorces and teenage pregnancies, with a variety of households including mono-parental and homo-parental families. Simo directs the Centro Vida y Familia.
The poll shows that people over the age of 55 make up 31.2% of heads of households.
The poll also shows that in the Dominican Republic almost twice as many couples live together as are married. Dominican law grants almost equal rights to cohabiting and married couples.
Source: DR1, Metrord
Nov 26, 2016
Category: DR News |