The Impact Of Single Parenting On Children

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This paper explains the impact of single parenting on children in the Unites States .Over the years the “normal family” form has changed due to the increase in the numbers of children born outside of marriages and the increase in divorce rates. Now many children live in households other than the two-parent household. Single-parenting is the lifestyle chosen by many parents, though the majority of single-parent households are regulated by the mother. Research shows there are many different effects on children raised in single-parent households both positive and negative. In 1970 85% of children under the age of 18 lived with two parents. In 1985 that dropped to 74%. In the same 15 year period, the percentage of children living in a single-parent home had increased from 11.9% to 23.4%. (U.S. Bureau of the Census, CPR-P20, No. 389, 1984a; U.S. Bureau of the Census, personal communication, 1986). In 2005 statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau in August 2007 explained, “There are approximately 13.6 million single parents in the United States today. Those parents are responsible for raising 21.2 million children which is approximately 26% of children under 21 in the U.S. today. ( Pollet, S. (n.d.). “SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLDS: ARE THE CHILDREN GROWING UP IN THEM REALLY ALLRIGHT?”. Retrieved November 10, 2015, from http://www.nycourts.gov/ip/parent-ed/pdf/articlesingleparents.pdf). The impacts of single-parenting on children have both positive and negative…
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