Essay on Family Structure and Juvenile Delinquency

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Traditional families are becoming a thing of the past. Women are no longer staying at home and assuming their womanly roles that society once expected from them. Due to their choices and living environment, they have to do what they can to raise the children that being into this world.
Women nowadays are becoming mothers at an early age and often have to the raise the child on their own. Due to this hardship, they must improvise when it comes to adjusting to the change of now raising a child and their parenting skills. They must manage their personal goals while trying to provide a stable structure for their child. Many times they fall short due to their lack of resources and stress. Regardless of their romantic relationship status, it
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McLanahan, 2005).
She started doing research to prove that children in single parent homes were not at a disadvantaged compared to children who had both parents (Charen, 1995). Sara soon realized that quite contrary was true. It does make a difference if the child is raised by one parent or two parents. “Children raised by only one parent were twice as likely to drop out of high school, get pregnant before marriage, have drinking problems and experience a host of other difficulties (including getting divorced themselves) than were children raised by two married parents” (Charen, 1995). This meant that this would create a cycle of family dysfunction. Children were not becoming productive in society, and were repeating their parent’s mistakes. It was evident that fathers needed to play a role in their child’s life. A father had to be involved in the child’s life in positive light. They could not be in and out of jail or participating in delinquent behavior. Since the 1990s, she has been researching what will be become of children born to unmarried couples (Goldfarb, 2014) Nowadays 40 percent of births take place when couples are not married, but 50 years ago that percentage was only 5 percent (Goldfarb, 2014). Early results uncovered that more than 80 percent of unmarried parents were in a committed relationship when their child was born, but only a third stayed together after five years (Goldfarb, 2014). By this time, almost a quarter of
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