Single Parent Effect On Children 's Well Being

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Trevor Valencia
Prof. Lobato
Comp 102
12 March 2017

Single Parent effect on Children 's well being

Raising a child on your own can be very challenging at times and can also cause negative effects on the child. Years ago in the United States it was common for everyone to go for the american dream. The dream that involves two parents, children, golden retrievers and the white picket fence in front of the house. However, today in America raising children on your own has become a lot more popular. Since 1960, single parent families have more than tripled and according to the Pew Research Center, “25 percent of households (8.6 million) were headed by single mothers in 2011. Another 6 percent of households (2.6 million) were headed by single
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This clinginess can cause developmental disorders like Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) a disorder that causes inattentiveness, over-activity and impulsivity. The effect on development from having a single parent can be long term and make them achieve much less in life.
Being raised by a single parent can ultimately lead to less achievement in life. This is because of the lack of parental support in childhood. Events such as divorce, leading to parents no longer living together cause emotional instability and lack of support, usually from the father figure because “about 50% of the approximately one million annual divorces involve couples with children (Anderson et al., 2004).In most cases, the mother has primary custody of the children”. Also, “Parental divorce during childhood or early adolescence deprives children mainly of the opportunity to get a male role model (McLanahan 1988). This large percentage of custody going to the mother and the deprivation of a father figure leaves many kids without a man to look up to and learn from. I know in my experience of having both parents I learned a lot from each one. For example, my father taught me how important it was to get an education and my mother taught me a lot about how to be respectful and helpful around the house. I know that if i was lacking one of
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