Bad Stepparents Effects on Children

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Many children in today’s society experience living with only one biological parent. With divorce rates and illegitimate children climbing, many kids are forced to live with their parents boyfriends or girlfriends, that later become a stepparent. In a study evidence shows, “For example, the percentage of children living in two-parent homes decreased from over 85 percent in 1968 to less than 70 percent in 2003”.(U.S. Bureou of the Cenus). Increasing in popularity was divorce and childrens living with other one biological parent. Children raised by stepparents are proven to not do as well in school as kids raised by both biological parents. Many studies and cases show that stepparents do not treat their stepchildren as good as they treat their biological children. There are different reasons that researchers believe that stepparents treat their stepchildren different from their own. Generally it depends on the situation. There are some stepparents that are influencial and treat their stepchildren and biological children equally. Unfortunately for most children many stepparents treat their children unequally which leads to unpleasant environments for growing children. This leads to the children having issues with school and their peers because their home environment is more dysfunctional than a child living with two biological parents. Children being raised in families where they have to accept a stepparent are at disadvantage to children being raised by both biological parents.

Children from birth to preschool experience trust issues when having to adapt to a stepparent being added into their lives. According to Erick Erickson, during early childhood development children have to form trust with their parents. If the parent is present and takes care of the child trust is formed and the child has a better relationship with the parent. Unfortunately for children who’s parents divorce at a young age, the child may not form a trust with one of their parents making...
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