FABELLA, Jerzelle Mae Ann O. – BS AECO
December 4, 2014 ENG 2 Y-2R
Single Father Parents:
According to Horton and Hunt (1964), the family is a kinship grouping which provides for the rearing of children and for certain other human needs. The setting of the most intense human emotional experiences is centered upon the occurrence of changes in the family. Due to the tremendous influence that the family imposes upon the individual and society, its dissolution could bring about certain strains might even be strong enough to lead to the evolution of a new set of roles for the individuals affected by the dissolution, as a means of coping with the situation. Researches about parenting view mostly on mothers as the primary parent being the caretaker or caregiver, homemaker, and nurturer while fathers are viewed to be the provider specifically being the breadwinner, disciplinarian, and playmates. Parenting or otherwise known as child rearing is the way and demonstration of raising a kid from the day he/she was conceived up to the day he/she chooses to have his/her own family. It may either be a two-parent kind of parenting wherein a child is nurtured by a mother and a father, or a single-parent, in which the only difference is that a child is raised by only one parent. Single parenting these days is not another wonder and has not been viewed as deviant any longer due to expanding number in such case consistently. The explanations behind single-parent families are believed to be due to divorce, widowhood, separation, single parent adoption, non-marriage, and abandonment. The status of single parents has been seen a transitional and temporary state of life which belongs to the difficult part after the separation and ending when the single parents remarry. Single parents as heads of households could create changes in today’s society. Margaret Mead once wrote that “motherhood is a biological necessity, but fatherhood is a social invention.” Although parenthood for women is clear; it is binds to their vital biological task in the process of conceiving children into the world, the role of the father is intrinsically ambiguous and relies upon cultural prescription. (Peters, Peterson, Steinmets, & Day, 2000) It would be worthwhile mentioning that the position for the legalization of divorce in the Philippines has not been totally eradicated by the Batasan. In the event that divorce is legalized in the country, this could contribute significantly to an increase in the population of single parent families and the emergence of a new lifestyle. Although the phenomenon of single parenthood has been previously studied by many researchers, it is apparent that single fatherhood has been taken for granted. Single parenthood has always been treated as a “single mother problem,” leaving the single father role understudied and consequently, misunderstood. Livingston explained in 2013 that there was an evident increase of single father households in U.S. from less than 300, 000 in 1960 to 2.6 million in 2011. Single fathers that were separated, divorced, widowed or never married and are living without a cohabiting partner constitute to about 52%, those living with a non-marital partner constitute to 41%, while those married but living apart from their spouse constitute to 7%. Although single fathers constitute a minority among single parent families, their number has been increasing steadily over the most recent years.
Origins for being a single father
Obviously, single fathers happen with the same reasons as single mothers do. In the investigation of Filipino family, fatherhood is one viewpoint that has not been given sufficient consideration. The father has dependably been seen as a supplementary or at most, correlative guardian to the mother who is the “primary parent” (Faustino, 1986). “The father is primarily responsible for the instrumental and executive tasks that relate the family to its larger environment,...
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