Unwed single mothers in South Korea: Increased vulnerabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic

Shinwoo Choi, Soo-Jung Byoun, Eun Hee Kim - International Social Work


Unwed single mothers in South Korea are a highly vulnerable population in terms of socioeconomic status, lack of social support, and the high level of discrimination that they have to live through due to existing stigma attached to this population. As a result, they are more likely to be living in poverty, and to be socially isolated and less likely to utilize health- and mental health care. The short essay presents the unwed single mothers’ increased vulnerabilities during COVID-19 pandemic in terms of childcare, financial crisis, and mental health.