The Single Parent Family Structural Environment And Economic Conditions Can Hinder The Development And Growth Of A Child

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In today’s day and age many children live in homes where there is only one parent, commonly known as single-parent family. According to 2011 Canada Census Bureau information, the number of children living in single-parent households have gone up since 2001 and almost more than three quarters of these children aged 14 and under are living with single parent family headed by woman (Statistics Canada, 2011). Many times there is the absence of the father in these single-parent homes. Children living in such single parent homes have been negatively affected psychologically and socially which then is reflected in their behavior as well. The purpose of this paper is to explore how the single parent family structural environment and economic conditions can hinder the development and growth of a child. Due to the rise in divorce rates and children born out of unmarried couples, it is more likely for children to be growing up in single-parent homes. According to Statistics Canada (2011) the ratio of mother led single-parent families to father led single-parent families is about 4 to 1. This shows that most of the lone-parent households are comprised of single mothers. Modern family patterns have significantly changed and among various kinds of family structure, one of them particularly single-parent family structure is an important social issue. Single parenting could have several effects on a child’s development from social, psychological to academic achievement. The single parent

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