“Seventy percent of all children will spend all or part of their lives in a single parent home.”(Dowd)The family structure has changed significantly in the last fifty years with higher percentages of marriages ending in divorce, and higher rates of childbearing out of wedlock. In this study the writer will show that the children of these families are affected dramatically both negatively and positively.
Children being raised in single parent homes have a higher chance of poverty, delinquency and high school failure.
Background of Study
The US census bureau reported that 30 percent of children live in a single parent home. Are children that are raised by one parent verses both parent receiving the short hand of the deal? Children with single parents were twice as likely to have psychiatric disorders, attempt suicide, and abuse alcohol, and three to four times more likely to use narcotic drugs”.(The Lancet,25 January 2003.) In 2009 the New York Times found that the time spent with a single parent during the formative preschool years seems to have particularly bad effects on a boy’s education,” (Shelia Fitzgerald Krein,, 2009.) Single mothers who work outside the home appear to provide greater incentive as role models for their daughters than there sons, The role-model influence in the case of the girls appears to compensate for the loss of the mother’s time at home. Children from single parent homes are much more likely to receive poor grades and eventually drop out of school (Pong,1998.) Furthermore “young adults who were raised in single parent homes often gain inferior education, employment, and economic status”(Mueller,2002.)
The Purpose of Study
The purpose of this study was to analyze both the positive and negative aspects of a child being raised in a single parent home.
Review of Literature