Single parent families: Change in leisure consumption

Öztürk S., Boylu A. A.

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social and Community Studies, vol.8, no.2, pp.73-85, 2014 (Scopus) identifier


© Common Ground, M. Serhat Öztürk, Ayfer Aydiner Boylu, All Rights Reserved.Single-parent families face many problems in their daily lives. These problems include parenting, child care, chores, drop in the level of income, social life, and also the use of time. As a result of these problems, leisure consumption, which is one of the indicators of quality of life, can be changed. The purpose of this study is to explore the changes in leisure consumption in single-parent families. Participants of this study consisted of single-parent employees at the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey (n=119). The families in which the parent is female (76.5%) made up a larger portion of the study than the families in which the parent is male (23.5%). The ages of the participants ranged from 25-65 years (M=40.91 years, SD=9.75). More than half had college degree (50.4%) and 27.7% had an education level that consisted of secondary school or less. The overall monthly income level was between 2001 TL-3000 TL (41.2%) and single-child families (64.7%) were prominent. According the results, single-parent families experienced a decrease in consumption in activities such as going to the cinema, theatre, and concerst (62.2%), participating in ticketed sporting events (52.9%), and eating out (47.9%) because of economic reasons.