Single Parent Family Case Study

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In the child development and family studies field, family dynamics are important, and different categories of families can influence family cohesion, children’s physical and psychological growth, marriages and etc. Recently, the divorce rate has increased, and more and more people choose to cohabitant without marriage. According to U.S. Census Bureau, there are 44% of people that over 18 are single (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014.7a). For family dynamics, large number of single people may lead to single-parent families. According to Family Conflict, single-parent families prevail children who are raised by only one parent live in their households (Canary, 2013). Moreover, the number of those single-parent families has increased in recent
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Except for divorce and widow, the number of parents who never married has increased a lot. The statistics show that“between 1970 and 2015, the proportion of children living with a never-married parent increased from 7% to 46 %”(“OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book,”2015). These different types of families decide patterns of children’s lives. However, one thing is common; these children lack the support of two parents. In addition, these single parents have to deal with their financial supports, and materials are not always sufficient. According to the data from U.S. Department of Agriculture, there were 33% of single parent families that didn’t have enough food supply, and 13% of them used a food pantry to overcome their hunger (U.S. Department of Agriculture, 2013). So, some of children and parents who belong to single-parent families have difficulties in basic needs. Also, emotional problems are common in single-parent families. According to Family conflict, children’s negative behaviors caused by external factors such as parents’ divorces and unexpected separations happen more in single-parent households than in two-parent homes (Canary, 2013). Overall, there are a lot relate to child development field, and there should be more assistance available for these
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