Family Structure Of A Single Parent

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Family structure has significantly changed from the 1940’s. The norm was that 70% of children lived with both biological parents. In the 1990’s it dropped to 60.2 % (Gennetian, 2005). In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2008 American Community Survey provided that only 45% of children were raised within an intact family (U.S. Bureau of the Census, 2008). Society and culture is changing, and what wasn’t “acceptable” by many cultures such as divorce, blended families, interracial marriage, and same-sex marriage is now acceptable. Family structures will continue to change over the course of time. It’s important as a counselor to be able to evolve with change, so that one could be aware and understand each family structure’s circumstance. Provide two examples of nontraditional family structures. Single parent: A single parent is a biological parent who takes care of their child. In the 1970’s there was a dramatic change in the increase of single-parent families (Walker & Hennig, 2014). 25% of the children in the United States are raised by single parents. Through studies it shows that single parents may have more disagreements and conflict, but also more intimacy of thoughts and feelings with their child, and increase of support and care (Walker & Hennig, 2014). Step family (blended): A step family is when a child lives with their biological parent who is married to someone other than the biological mother or father. Blended families may include different cultures, beliefs,
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