Single Motherhood And Single Parenthood

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1. As Gerson argues, any family structure whether having a breadwinner father or both parents contribute to the income earning; or having two biological parents or a single parent living together does not necessarily signify the best or the worst family structure for the children or neither the representation of family stability. Family structure does not matter for the children if their families cannot provide a safe and connected relationship, emotional caring and economic support. Indeed, what matters for the children is the family pathway they experience. Family pathway is looking at a long-term process of a family life while family structure is produced at the moment in time. Children who share the similar family structure might follow different paths and therefore have different impacts on the children. There is an example from the book where there are two girls named Nina and Mariela who both have experienced parental breakups but the events have leaded them with…show more content…
The perspective of the public family looks at family as social institution, and partnership, marriage, parenthood serve a large function within society as a whole. Family patterns could affect the society socially, politically, and economically distinctively. In the book Promise I Can Keep, the phenomenon of increases in single parenthood, especially single motherhood, can be viewed as a problem from the perspective of the public family because it increases the economic risks such as child poverty and poverty in general, and enlarges the gap between social classes in the society. The growth in child poverty has a destructive impact on the society because poor children who do not have enough resources to access higher education are most likely to have unskilled jobs, low-income and suffered from poverty when they grow up. Accordingly, these disadvantages are likely to foster substance abuse and criminal behaviors; and thus increase crime rate and create an unsafe environment in the

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