Child Abuse And Its Effects On Children 's Development

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Working in education, specifically in the disciplinary area, I have had many meetings with single mothers about behavior issues related to their child. This does not mean that meetings with single fathers never occur, but not as frequently as with single mothers. Now of course there have been several published works that have identified negative behavioral characteristics to be associated with being raised with an absentee father. Those effects include engaging in drug abuse, experiencing educational, emotional, and behavioral problems, becoming victims of child abuse, and engaging in criminal behavior. This data implies that these unfortunate social problems are associated with the absence of a father from a child’s life. However, “differences in children’s well-being remain contentious because research on parenting has developed contrasting theoretical accounts of the effects that fathers may have on children’s development (Debell, 2008 p. 428). As a result, I began to wonder about the children who are in fact being raised by their father and if the same risk factors related to behavior exist. Review of the Literature Single fathers are a minority. They are rare, but growing rapidly as more and more people can fathom a father being able to satisfy the needs of his children. In 1970, although 1.1% of children under age 18 lived in a single custodial father home, this number has climbed to 4.8% by 2005 (Bronte-Tinkew, J., Scott, M. E., & Lilja, E.,2010, p. 1107).
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