According to the European Centre, households with only one adult – both with children and without – and households with many children are in general at a higher risk of poverty or social exclusion than other types of households. In households with only one adult, temporary shocks such as unemployment or sickness cannot be lessened by a partner. Households with only one adult belonging to the young unemployed or elderly pensioner categories, which are groups already identified as running a higher-than-average risk of poverty or social exclusion, are particularly vulnerable. In addition, single parents are faced with the challenges of being both primary breadwinner and caregiver for the family.
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