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Families at risk: the lived experience of lone mothers in Hong Kong

ByCHAN KAM WAH AND LO KA MAN

Introduction Rapid social changes, globalization, economic growth, and Westernization have led to signifi cant problems for lone parents in Hong Kong. These problems have arisen as a result of the discontinuity between traditional conception of social policies and a rapidly changing society. Lone mothers in Hong Kong are still stigmatized, as traditional notions of marriage as an ideal have led to a negative view of divorced mothers. It is still taboo to speak of divorce in Chinese society. The pressing problem of lone mothers has spurred the present study.