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.