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Single parent childhood

April 3, 2016 | Author: | Posted in social sciences, sociology

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Single Parent Childhood

The proportion of children living in single-parent families has increased noticeably around the world since 1960 , and this increase has been particularly noteworthy in the United States . The United States has a higher proportion of single-parent households than that of any other developed country . The proportion of children in the United States living with merely one parent amplified from nine percent in 1960 to thirty percent in 1997 . Although [banner_entry_middle]

there are differences in the occurrence of single-parent families across ethnic groups , with nearly forty-seven percent of African American children living in single-parent families this increase had an effect on all groups of Americans (U . S . Bureau of the Census , 2000 . Given present divorce and remarriage trends demographers envisage that more than half of all America ‘s children will spend some part of their formative years in a single-parent family

A broad range of research from sociologists and psychologists has revealed that children of single-parent families are more probable to have difficulties with emotional as well as psychological adjustment and with school performance and educational attainment , and they are as well more probable to have behavioral adjustment problems , later marriage and earlier childbearing compared with children of two-parent families Since single-parent children come into view more vulnerable to a wide variety of societal problems , these children have been regularly referred to as at risk for developmental difficulties . Though , new studies that have appeared within the past decade are raising questions regarding these families and whether or not children growing up in single-parent families are necessarily at risk , mainly in the child ‘s early years

To say that a child is at risk is a statistical statement , representing that , probabilistically speaking , children in single-parent families are usually more probable to have developmental difficulties than other children are . One of the causes children from single-parent families may be at risk is that single-parent families are as well disproportionately poor compared with other families . According to the research , no other major demographic group is so poor and no other group stays poor for so long . International studies demonstrate that poverty rates are higher among children in single-parent families than those in all other family types in every country studied

Data from the 2000 census point out that thirty-four percent of single-parent homes headed by a woman and sixteen percent of single-parent families headed by a man live in poverty . As a result of poverty alone , many children of single parents grow up in deteriorated and dangerous neighborhoods , frequently with inferior housing and educational systems . How much of the single-parent risk status is related to poverty and how much of the single-parent risk status is because of other factors too associated with single-parent families are questions with significant psychological and social policy implications .More and more , signs have emerged that perceptions and acceptance of single-parent families are changing . Increasingly single-parent families are emerging very obviously… [banner_entry_footer]

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