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What are these advantages? Simply put, everything that the single-parent household does not have. Again, this is not to indicate that automatically a single parent home is worse than a two-parent home. But when the parents are involved in their children's lives, are non-abusive, and are relatively happy with each other, then virtually all of the negative effects of growing up in and being part of a single-parent home go away.
Often the single parent turns to family members (and in particular their parents) to assist with child-care. "Any parent who can prove that they have brought up their children to adulthood and that said children a) have completed their education, learning something in the process, b) have not died in an accident or through neglect, c) are basically healthy, d) have no criminal record, e) have obtained and maintained employment for a period of one year, should be recompensed….
Anderson, Digby. "Dead Issues." National Review. Jan 29, 1996 v48 n1 p49(2)
Bradbury, Bettina. "Single parenthood in the Past." Historical Methods. Fall, 2000. v33. i4. p211.
Carlin, David. "The single-parent trap: how our culture's mindless pursuit of freedom has made us ignore the obvious." Christianity Today, May 16, 1994 v38 n6 p35(2)
Dornbusch, Sanford; Herman, Melissa & Lin, I-Chun. "Single Parenthood." Society. July-August 1996 v33 n5 p30(3)
In addition to the psychological stressors, single parenting can also cause social pressures. The single parent lacks enough time or energy to meet potential new partners or to develop existing friendships. Similarly, the child may suffer socially by falling in with the wrong crowd at school to make up for the lack of attention experienced at home. Both parent and child might find themselves feeling socially isolated because of the unique pressures of single parenting.
Financially, single parenting can be a burden. The costs of childrearing are often too difficult for two parents, let alone for one. When the single parent is forced to work long hours to be able to afford basic living expenses, both child and parent suffer. Therefore, single parenting can leave a family in debt and cause the child to be unable to attend the college or university of his or her choice.
Single parenting can cause a….
parent families caused by adoption by a single parent and divorce.
A two parent family will always be considered the perfect family as it allows for a male and female role model. However, life is not always perfect and a changing society is creating new family dynamics within the community. From a two parent family structure the scene is changing to a single parent family created through divorce, lack of marriage and in some circumstances choice. Yet, psychologists remain firm on the fact that it is the two parent family that is the most successful. Still, since the family structure is changing and we have to deal with single parent families we must aim to understand the different dynamics of the single parent families.
Analysis: Common Factors in Single Parenting Most of the research done on single parent families is focused on the mother as the primary caretaker. However, trends are….
1. Demo, DH, & Cox, M.J. (2000). Families with children: A review of research in the 1990s. Journal of Marriage and the Family, 62, 876-895.
2. Hamner, Tommie, and Turner, Pauline H. (1985). Parenting in Contemporary Society. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.
3. Lansford, J.E., Ceballo, R., Abbey, A., & Stewart, A.J. (2001). Does family structure matter? A comparison of adoptive, two-parent biological, single-mother, stepfather, and stepmother households. Journal of Marriage and Family, 63, 840-851.
Single-parent families, by definition, are families having a single parent as the head of the family either by choice, as a consequence of death of the other partner, or divorce. It is important to note that over the last two decades, single parent families have been on the increase – effectively resulting in family structure changes. As a matter of fact, as Strong, DeVault, and Cohen (2010) point out, “in the United States, as throughout the world, single parent families have increased and continue to grow in number” (p. 468). Various research studies conducted in the past have clearly demonstrated that single parent families face more challenges than two-parent families. This text will identify some of the more prominent challenges that have been identified. Further single parenting resources and some of the solutions to the identified challenges will be highlighted.
Stereotypes and Discrimination
It is important to note, from the onset, that….
Dating and Sexual Behavior Among Single Parents of Young Children and Effect on Their Children
Among the different difficulties encountered by single parents with young kids, a prominent one is dealing with possible trade-offs between personal romance and parenting. Usually, single parents have a primary responsibility to caring for and raising young children; however, this may be accompanied by a longing for a sexual/romantic partner, as well. Trade-off-related difficulties are especially prominent when children are too young and dependent (e.g. toddlers and babies) (Konner, 2010). Apart from time requirements linked with acquiring a partner, a parent will also be concerned with regard to any interference to their young child's emotional and social growth. This paper aims at determining the effect of sexual behavior/dating by single parents on young children, by reviewing relevant literature.
Single parent dating and sexual behavior
A single-parent family with young and dependent children constitutes a social niche that is….
Goldscheider, F., Kaufman, G., & Sassler, S. (2009). Navigating the "new" marriage market: How attitudes toward partner characteristics shape union formation. Journal of Family Issues, 30, 719-737.
Gray, P. B., & Garcia, J. R. (2013).Evolution and human sexual behavior. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Gray, P. B., Garcia, J. R., Crosier, B. S., & Fisher, H. E. (2015). Dating and Sexual Behavior Among Single Parents of Young Children in the United States. Journal Of Sex Research, 52(2), 121-128. doi:10.1080/00224499.2014.941454
Konner, M. (2010).The evolution of childhood. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Opportunities to Assist Single-Parent Families
Although every single-parent family is unique, they all share the same challenges that are associated with life in the 21st century, as well as many that are more acutely manifested by virtue of their single-parent status. The traditional two-parent family has been increasingly replaced with single-parent families in recent years, and in some inner-city communities, they are the norm rather than the exception. Single-parent families exist everywhere though, of course, and while the reasons for this condition include death and divorce, they also include abandonment and temporary but lengthy absences of one of the parents. Despite a growing body of research concerning the effects of single-parent status on family members, there remains a relatively paucity of research from the perspective of the family members, as well as how American society views this issue. To gain some new insights in this area, this paper provides a….
Usdansky, M.L. (2009, May). A weak embrace: Popular and scholarly depictions of single-parent families, 1900-1998. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71(2), 19-21.
Ziol-Guest, K.M. & DeLeiere, T. (2006, Winter). The allocation of food expenditure in married -- and single-parent families. The Journal of Consumer Affairs, 40(2), 111-119.
Walker, L.J. & Hennig, K.H. (1997, January). Parent/child relationships in single-parent families. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 29(1), 37-39.
This method presents only evidence of whether there is a difference in the mean of two groups, so in this case showed there to be a difference in the mean level of substance abuse in children from one and two parent families. This type of analysis is a simpler method than regression, and may be ample to answer the research question of whether there is increased risk for those in single parent families. It would also appear to be able to offer some insight as to whether there was a gender-based difference in substance abuse. This would however require confirmation using a one-tailed t-test between the mean for boys and girls from single parent families. The main drawback from this study's approach to the statistical analysis is that it does not allow for removal of confounding variables. This means that as there may be an association between single parent….
Biblarz, T.J. & Gottainer, G. (2004). Family structure and children's success: A comparison of widowed and divorced single-mother families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 62(2): 533-548.
Kuntsche, E.N. & Silbereisen, R.K. (2004). Parental closeness and adolescent substance use in single and two-parent families in Switzerland. Swiss Journal of Psychology, 63(2): 85-92.
O'Hare, B. (No date). The Rise - and fall? - of Single Parent Families. Retrieved on September 14, 2008, at http://www.prb.org/Articles/2001/TheRiseandFallofSingleParentFamilies.aspx .
Spencer, N. (2005). Does material disadvantage explain the increased risk of adverse health, educational, and behavioral outcomes among children in lone parent households in Britain? A cross sectional study. BMJ, 59: 152-157.
Parenting on the Academic Achievement of Children
Single parenting effects
The term family refers to a group of at least two people who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption and who share resources, responsibility for decisions, values and goals, and have a commitment to one another over time (Nelson, 1992). Families provide for emotional, physical, and economic mutual aid to their members. However, the family-system in the United States has undergone some radical changes. From the late 1960's to the 1990's the proportion of U.S. children being raised in two-parent homes dropped significantly, from approximately 85% in 1968 to 69%, whereas the proportion of children living in single-parent homes nearly doubled (United States Department of Justice, 2011). Since the 1970's nearly a third of family households with children are maintained by a single parent and nine out of ten times that parent is a woman. Single-parent families with only one….
Astone, N.M., & McLanahan, S.S. (1991). Family structure, parental practices, and high school completion. American Sociological Review, 56(3), 309-320.
Balcom, D. (1998). Absent fathers: Effects on abandoned sons. Journal of Men's Studies, 6(3),
Bornstein, M. (Ed.) (1995). Handbook of parenting, Vol 3, Status and social condition of parenting. NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
Therapist to Single-Parents
Therapists serve many roles in their careers. However, when working with single-parent families, that role gets multiplied. When working with single parents, therapists need to be aware of all of the resources available to the parent and to the children (Kazdin, Whitley, & Marciano, 2006). The therapist needs to be a source of information. They need to be prepared with financial assistance information, with psychological skills for talking to both the parent and the children, and they also need to be aware of the community that the single parent is living in (Weltner, 2004). A therapist wears enough hats as it is, but when working with single-parent families this role becomes all that more important as they become the parent's complete support system.
Single-parent families are not as financially stable as those families that have two parents contributing to everything (Weltner, 2004). Having two incomes may sometimes not feel….
Weltner, J.S. (2004). A structural approach to the single-parent family. Family Process, 21(2), 203-210. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.1982.00203.x
Kazdin, A.E., Whitley, M., & Marciano, P.L. (2006). Child-therapist and parent-therapist alliance and therapeutic change in the treatment of children referred for oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47(5), 436-445. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7610.2005.01475.x
Target population is single parents and low-income parents in Sacramento County and Northern California. The goals are to emphasize the benefits that could be derived from raising children in two -parents households compared to a single parent home. The Sacramento is the 6th largest city in California and 35th largest city in the United States with the estimated population of 477,892 in 2011. (The Healthy Marriage Project. 2011). Before 2005, the number of single parents and divorce trends in the Sacramento exceed the national average. Major factors leading to the issues include poverty, and drug abuse. Other risk factors include out-of-wedlock births, which are increasingly high among African-American (65%) and Hispanic (54%). The elationship Skill Centers aims to deliver quality of life to undeserved population in the community. The elationship Skill Centers serves the Sacramento city, which is the capital city of the state of California. The elationship Skills Center….
Amato, P.R. & Beattle, B. (2010). Does the unemployment rate affect the divorce rate? An analysis of state data 1960 -- 2005. Social Science Research, 40,(3):705 -- 715.
The Healthy Marriage Project. (2011).Final Evaluation Report for the Healthy Marriage Project: Summary of Process and Outcomes. Sacramento, CA.
Center for Control and Disease Prevention (2012), Marriage and Divorce. National Center for Health Statistics. USA.
Hansen, L. (2013, March 28). 9 Negative effects divorce reportedly has on children. The Week. Retrieved from: http://theweek.com/article/index/242059/9-negative-effects-divorce-reportedly-has-on-children
Special Strengths and Challenges of the Single-Parent Family
Special Challenges and Strengths of the Family Headed by a Single Parent
The objective of this work in writing is to answer questions including what special challenges does the family headed by a single parent face and what special strengths or assets do they have. This work will answer as to whether these are typical challenges and strengths witnessed in this type of family and will provide advice for a family headed by a single parent.
Now, more than ever in history there are many families headed by a single parent. These single-parent families face many challenges but they also have special strengths that help them to overcome these challenges and ultimately that bond these families in a unique way.
Single-Parent Families Challenges
One of the primary challenges faced by the family headed by a single parent is one relating to finances. The single-parent family generally does….
Bailey, S.J. (2001) Building Strong Single-Parent Families. Montana State University Extension Service. Retrieved from: http://msuextension.org/publications/HomeHealthandFamily/MT200110HR.pdf
DeFrain, J. (2005) The Strengths and Challenges of Single-Parent Families After Divorce. A paper to be presented at the Mexican International Family Strengths Conference, June 1st 2- 3rd, 2005, in Cuernevaca, Mexico. Retrieved from: http://www.ciesas.edu.mx/proyectos/mifs2005/papers/keynotes/john_de_frain.pdf
The single parent living on campus is in a unique position unlike any other student in college today. The single parent, typically a young female, is determined and motivated to succeed in college. Even if her grades are not the best (how could they be with her time divided between caring for herself, studying, going to class, and caring for her baby?), but she plans to stick with it because she sees obtaining her degree as her only way out for herself and for her baby. Getting her credentials will allow her to get a respectable job with a respectable salary. Then she will be able to think about things like daycare and housing. At the moment, however, she relies on the assistance of friends from class, individual students who are willing to lend a helping hand and give her the assistance she requires so that she can get to….
There are many of these individuals, and it is time that this is changed.
Parents often look away from these kinds of problems, or they spend their time in denial of the issue because they feel that their child will not be harmed by parental involvement with drugs or alcohol. Some parents have parents that were/are addicts themselves, and some are so busy with their lives that they do not actually realize that their child has any kind of problem with the lifestyle of the parent until it becomes so severe that it cannot be overlooked, or until it is brought to their attention by police, the school, or someone else that has seen it first hand. Parents are not the only ones that overlook this issue, though.
Sometimes siblings and friends also see problems that they ignore, do not understand, or do not talk to anyone about, and the school….
Aleman-Padilla, L. 2002. Babies First gets last word on infant care Hundreds recognize groups contribution at fourth annual event. The Fresno Bee.
Anderson, D. 2004. Funding cuts impact health services. Precinct Reporter.
Anderson, S.A. (2000). How parental involvement makes a difference in reading achievement. Reading Improvement.
Baker, P.L. (2000). I didn't know: discoveries and identity transformation of women addicts in treatment. Journal of Drug Issues, 30, 863-881.
parent with a young child and a demanding job -- whether it is a mother or a father -- has challenges that a family with both parents on board does not experience, in most cases. And when you add to the equation the fact that the single parent in this case is a male in the U.S. Army, there are complications and serious work-life balance issues to be addressed. After all, the health and care of the child in question must be at the top of the list of priorities, along with the employment of the father and the balance of the conflicting challenges and issues.
As a single dad with a young child, I already face challenges when it comes to raising my child, providing a good home and good health for the child; but in addition I am in the U.S. Army and my duties and responsibilities necessarily….
Britt, T.W., Adler, A.B., and Castro, C.A. (2006). Military Life: The military family. Chicago,
IL: Greenwood Publishing Group.
Lieke, L, Brummelhuis, T., and Van Der Lippe, T. (2010). Effective Work-Life Balance
Support for Various Household Structures. Human Resource Management, 49(2), 173-193.
132). hen women reported that their desire for greater social support was satisfied, the outcomes reported for their children improved dramatically.
The negative associations with single parenting thus have more to do with the circumstances that can give birth to single parenting, or are attached to single parenting because of the way our society is structured. In society, we have come to regard the nuclear family as the norm and single parents do not always have the multigenerational support that could give their children positive role models of both genders that they may have in previous eras. Single parents are more likely to be female, and females are traditionally underpaid for their labor. Additionally companies are not always willing to make accommodations for male or female single parent's need for flexible schedules. But the problem is not with single parenting; rather the problem is with how our society views parenthood in….
Burden, Dianne S. "Single Parents and the Work Setting: The Impact of Multiple Job and Homelife Responsibilities." Family Relations. Vol. 35. No. 1. The Single Parent Family. Jan., 1986. pp. 37-43
Hanson, Shirley M. "Single Parents and the Work Setting: The Impact of Multiple Job and Homelife Responsibilities." Family Relations. Vol. 35. No. 1. The Single Parent Family. Jan., 1986. pp. 125-132.
DeLeire, Thomas & Ariel Kalil. "Good things come in 3's: Single-parent multigenerational family structure and adolescent adjustment." Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies. Oct 2001. 4 Apr 2008. http://www.spc.uchicago.edu/prc/pdfs/deleir02.pdf
Walker, Victoria. Pagewise. 2002. 4 Apr 2008. http://www.essortment.com/all/singleparentfa_rcsc.htm
What are these advantages? Simply put, everything that the single-parent household does not have. Again, this is not to indicate that automatically a single parent home is worse…Read Full Paper ❯
In addition to the psychological stressors, single parenting can also cause social pressures. The single parent lacks enough time or energy to meet potential new partners or to develop…Read Full Paper ❯
parent families caused by adoption by a single parent and divorce. A two parent family will always be considered the perfect family as it allows for a male and…Read Full Paper ❯
Overview Single-parent families, by definition, are families having a single parent as the head of the family either by choice, as a consequence of death of the other partner, or…Read Full Paper ❯
Sociology - Family Issues
Dating and Sexual Behavior Among Single Parents of Young Children and Effect on Their Children Among the different difficulties encountered by single parents with young kids, a prominent one is…Read Full Paper ❯
Opportunities to Assist Single-Parent Families Although every single-parent family is unique, they all share the same challenges that are associated with life in the 21st century, as well as…Read Full Paper ❯
Sports - Drugs
This method presents only evidence of whether there is a difference in the mean of two groups, so in this case showed there to be a difference in…Read Full Paper ❯
Parenting on the Academic Achievement of Children Single parenting effects The term family refers to a group of at least two people who are related by birth, marriage, or adoption…Read Full Paper ❯
Therapist to Single-Parents Therapists serve many roles in their careers. However, when working with single-parent families, that role gets multiplied. When working with single parents, therapists need to be aware…Read Full Paper ❯
Family and Marriage
Target population is single parents and low-income parents in Sacramento County and Northern California. The goals are to emphasize the benefits that could be derived from raising children in…Read Full Paper ❯
Family and Marriage
Special Strengths and Challenges of the Single-Parent Family Special Challenges and Strengths of the Family Headed by a Single Parent The objective of this work in writing is to answer questions…Read Full Paper ❯
Family / Marriage
The single parent living on campus is in a unique position unlike any other student in college today. The single parent, typically a young female, is determined and motivated…Read Full Paper ❯
There are many of these individuals, and it is time that this is changed. Parents often look away from these kinds of problems, or they spend their time in…Read Full Paper ❯
parent with a young child and a demanding job -- whether it is a mother or a father -- has challenges that a family with both parents on…Read Full Paper ❯
132). hen women reported that their desire for greater social support was satisfied, the outcomes reported for their children improved dramatically. The negative associations with single parenting thus have more…Read Full Paper ❯