Single Parenting
Topics: Family, Childhood, Parenting / Pages: 11 (2503 words) / Published: Dec 21st, 2008

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Living in Single Parent Households- The Positive Views

Marlene Matos

Axia College of University of Phoenix

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Is a two parent household upbringing better for children than a single parent household? Many of today’s society will answer yes to this question. “Children who grow up in house-holds with different family structures experience different outcomes since family structure is changing rapidly”. (McLanahan, 2007). What if the two parent household had domestic abuse problems? Is it safe to now say a single parent home would be more beneficial for the child-children? What is one’s initial thought when they hear the term single parent? Children’s behavior outcomes are more positive in a two parent household providing that it is a stable two parent home. Not all children have outcomes of negative behavior due to a single headed home. (Kristin Ketteringham, 2007).

There are many different views today on a single parent upbringing but it is a rising household throughout the nation. In 2007, 22 million children were living in single parent households, and 49 million children are living in a two parent household according to the United States Census Bureau. A quarter of our nation of children is being raised in single parent homes. The percentage of children being raised by a two parent home has been declining each year. A single father home is less common than a single mother home; however the amount of single fathers has grown by 60% in the last ten years. (Kristin Ketteringham, 2007).

|Subject |Total |In Married Couple Family |In Male Householder, no wife|In Female Householder, no |
| | |Households |present, family household |husband present, family |
| | | | |household



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