Does Household Structure Cause a Child to Become a Violent Individual?

1629 WordsJul 13, 20187 Pages
Single-parent households solely influence children to become abusers of their spouses, children and themselves and are expected to experience domestic violence in their lives. Rather than having the balance of a two-parent home, single-parented children are constantly exposed to stress and ultimately become abusers themselves. This leads to a vicious and continuous cycle that could lead to the destruction of generations thereafter. The trend of single-parent households are drastically increasing every year. One out of every two children will live with a single-parent at some time before they reach the age of 18 years old. The United States Census Bureau reported in 2002 that about 20 million children (more than one-fourth of all the…show more content…
Another reason why single-parent households exist can be caused by financial situations. The couple may be hindered in certain ways while trying to provide for the family but may be unsuccessful. This may result in instability within the couple’s relationship and cause strain that ultimately can lead to the couple separating. This can leave a profound effect on the parent that was left behind and also have an enormous effect on the children in terms of their well-being and their care. Lastly, a death of a spouse or family member can cause separation between partners because it is another source of strain and stress within a relationship. Another reason that single-parent households exist are because of accidental, unplanned teenage pregnancies. Many teenagers are casual and careless when it comes to condom use and are unmarried. Brady E. Hamilton, Joyce A. Martin, and Stephanie J. Ventura of the CDC report that birthrates for teenagers age 15 to 19 are 73 births per 1,000 (National Vital Statistics Reports, vol. 56, no. 7, December 5, 2007) and are highest within the African-American race. Teenagers that are left to raise a child by themselves are commonly found in lower class, low-income, crime and poverty stricken areas because fathers are more likely to be incarcerated or have no desire to be involved with their children’s mothers. Professor of
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