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Positive And Negative Effects Of A Single Parent Family

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According to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau information, the number of children raised in single-parent households continues to rise. Children with two parents in the home, earning two incomes, tend to have better financial and educational advantages. The effects of a single-parent home on a child’s behavior can be far-reaching and impact several areas of life in a negative or positive way. In the United States, the effects of single-parent family life on children fall into two categories: (1) those attributed to the lower socioeconomic status of single parents and (2) the short-term consequences of divorce that moderate over time. Four factors are predictive of U.S. children's adjustment to the divorce of their parents: the passage of time, the quality of the children's relationship with their parent, the level of conflict between parents, and the economic standing of the children's family. In the first few years after a divorce, the children have higher rates of antisocial behavior, aggression, anxiety, and school problems than children in two-parent families. However, some of these problems may be credited to a decrease in available resources and adult supervision; many of the adverse effects disappear when there is adequate supervision, income, and stability in social networks.
Growing up in a single-parent family can have both positive and adverse psychological effects on both parent and child. It is likely that children may feel happy or relieved when their parents split up,
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