According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of children who grow up in single-parent homes continues to rise. Children with two parents grow up with more financial and educational advantages, according to the bureau. The effects of a single-parent home on a child's behavior can be far-reaching and include many areas of life, from academic achievement to social habits. Academic Achievement
Most single-parent households are run by mothers, and the absence of a father, coupled with lower household income, can increase the risk of children performing poorly in school. The lack of financial support from a father often results in single mothers working more, which can in turn affect children because they receive less attention and guidance on their homework. Researcher Virginia Knox concluded from data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, that for every $100 of child support mothers receive, their children's standardized test scores increase by 1/8 to 7/10 of a point. In addition, Knox found that children with single mothers who have contact and emotional support from their fathers tend to do better in school than children who have no contact with their fathers. Emotional Effects
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 6 out of 10 children who live with only their mother are living near or below the poverty line. Living in poverty is stressful and can have many emotional effects on children, including low self-esteem, increased anger and frustration and an increased risk for violent behavior. Besides financial constraints, other emotional effects of growing up in a single parent household may include feelings of abandonment, sadness, loneliness and difficulty socializing and connecting with others. Effects vary from child to child, however, and the individual parenting style of the single parent is also a big influence on the child's development. Positive Effects
Single parenting can have positive effects on children as well, depending on other...
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