Parent Families And The Single Parent Family

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Over the last twenty years, one of the most remarkable changes in family structure has been the increase in the number of single-parent families. In this type of family, one parent in the household is raising the children due to the high divorce rates and adults choosing not to marry. This is “currently the fastest growing family type in North America”. According to a research, “88 percent of these families are headed by women currently.”9 Children living in single parent households often have to contend with negative labels and unkind remarks made by many people in the community. It should be kept in mind that whether the single parent family exists as result of death of the other parent, divorce between the parents, the parent choosing not to marry or any other reason, the child is not responsible for the circumstances. However, it is often the child who pays the price.8 According to Burns, Bruce, Marlin (p.17), lone families or the single parent families are more prone to poverty. In case father is the only parent a set of problems arise, child has his specific needs for which mothers are the well suited. However, we find economic and emotional problems more serious in families where mother is the lone parent.4 Women are more prone to poverty if they are to bring up a family alone moreover, women in rural Canada are at an even serious disadvantage because employment opportunities within community are scarce. Higher education is also difficult for rural women because

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