Mine Kühn How Does Single Motherhood Impact Health and Wellbeing?

Mine Kühn is a Research Scientist in the Laboratory of Population Health at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research. She has previously worked at Ruhr-University Bochum. Her research interests lie at the intersection of health and family dynamics. Kühn’s research on the health and wellbeing of single parents and their children takes a life course approach to explaining health inequalities, and considers heterogeneity among single parents as pathways into single parenthood or living arrangements.

Area of Research

Population Health, Family Sociology, Social Demography, Life Course, Quantitative Methodology

since 2019

Research Scientist

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (more details)

Laboratory of Population Health

2015-2019

Research Scientist

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (more details)

2008-2015

Research Scientist

Ruhr University Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Faculty of Social Science

2009-2015

Lecturer

HFH Hamburger Fern-Hochschule

Studies in Health – and Social Management

2015

Visiting Researcher

Bangor University

2014

Doktor rer.soc.

Ruhr University Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Faculty of Social Sciences, summa cum laude

2002-2008

Diploma

Ruhr University Bochum (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Faculty of Social Sciences

2007

Studies in Sociology

University of Nebraska at Omaha

Faculty of Sociology

- Journal of Marriage and Family

- Journal of Family Issues

- Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies

- Families, Relationships and Societies

- European Association for Population Studies

- German Society for Social Medicine and Prevention (DGSMP)

- Verein für Socialpolitik

- Population Association of America (PAA)

- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Soziologie (German Sociological Association)

- Mid-American Utrecht Exchange (MAUI) Scholarship (2007)

- 2015 Erasmus+ Staff mobility

© Fotostudio Hagedorn, Rostock

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

Rostock, Germany

Institute

Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock investigates the structure and dynamics of populations. The Institute’s researchers explore issues of political relevance, such as demographic change, aging, fertility, and the redistribution of work over the life course, as well as digitization and the use of new data sources for the estimation of migration flows. The MPIDR is one of the largest demographic research bodies in Europe and is a worldwide leader in the study of populations. The Institute is part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research organization.

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Previous research has shown that single mothers experience disproportionately higher rates of physical and mental illness compared to partnered mothers. In this video, moving beyond that comparative focus, MINE KÜHN analyzes how the transition into and length of single motherhood impacts health and wellbeing, as well as the factors that determine those impacts. By investigating changes in single motherhood over time using German panel data, Kühn finds that expanded employment correlates strongly with improved health and wellbeing for single mothers. Her findings highlight the vital importance of policies which enable single mothers to return to work, such as institutional childcare provision.

LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10810

Changes in Lone Mothers’ Health: A Longitudinal Analysis

  • Mine Kühn
  • Lone Parenthood in the Life Course
  • Published in 2018
Mine Kühn. "Changes in Lone Mothers’ Health: A Longitudinal Analysis." Lone Parenthood in the Life Course 8 (2018): 323-338.

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