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Inflation and health worry mothers

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA , TAIPEI

Inflation is the biggest concern of Taiwanese mothers, according to the result of a poll released ahead of Mother's Day by the Consumers' Foundation yesterday.

The poll was conducted by means of face to face interviews and e-mail. A total of 180 mothers were interviewed, the non-profit organization said.

Details of the survey showed that 169 of the women interviewed said that inflation was their biggest concern.

Number two on the list was health-related problems, with 122 interviewees registering health issues as a major concern.

They said the continuous debate about the nation's health insurance system did not give them confidence in it. Also, they said that service in the nation's hospitals was unsatisfactory.

One-hundred and twelve mothers said they were also worried that most of the food they purchased for their family may create health problems.

Meanwhile, in another poll released yesterday, 60 percent of divorced mothers in Taiwan hope to get married again despite the failure of their previous marriages.

The survey was conducted by HerCafe -- a Web site targeting women that is managed by Yam Digital Technology.

HerCafe officials said single motherhood has become increasingly common in Taiwan.

They said the situation was reflected by statistics from the Ministry of the Interior, which showed that Taiwan's divorced population has increased 1.8-fold over the past decade, with 70.5 percent of single parents being women.

In the survey, more than 52 percent of the respondents said that if they were no longer in love with their husband, they would end their marriage and raise their children alone if they could.

The survey also found that single mothers experience sexual desire on average every three to seven days.

However, 67 percent of the respondents said they have not looked for a partner because they are too busy with work, while 81 percent said they satisfied their sexual needs with masturbation or sexual fantasies.

Before entering into their next relationship, 56 percent of the respondents said their primary concern would be their boyfriend's attitude towards their children.

If their children displayed a strong negative reaction to their new boyfriend, 57 percent of these single mothers said they would try to communicate with their children about their needs, but would not give up on the relationship easily.

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