The Effects Of Single Parenting On Children

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According to information disclosed in the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau, the number of children raised in single-parent households continues to skyrocket. Children with two parents in the home, earning two separate incomes, tend to have better financial, societal, educational advantages. The effects of a single-parenting on a child’s behavior can be extensive and impact multiple ranges of life in a negative or positive way. In the United States alone, the effects of single-parenting on children fall into two categories: (1) those credited to the lower socioeconomic standing of single parents and (2) the short-term repercussions of divorce that temperate over time. The passage of time, the quality of the relationship with the parents, and the magnitude…show more content…
Children could possibly feel calmed when one of the parents leaves the picture, but there is also bound to be some longing for a "normal" two-parent family life. The University of Florida Extension Office reported that “one of the major psychological effects of living in a single-parent family is a greater sense of responsibility.” Research shows that, psychologically, children who are dealing with immense amounts stress and uncertainty struggle in numerous areas of daily life. If the negative influences that occurs in an unhappy family are eliminated, children may experience a developed outlook on…show more content…
“The Future of Children” writers Adam Thomas, Ph.D., and Isabel Sawhill write that “single-parent families may benefit from incentives like tax cuts and child support, but they still earn less than two-parent families.” The research also indicates that financial stability guarantees that the parent provides for a child’s basic needs. In a recent study, researchers surveyed 13,500 mothers to meter children’s behavior. The mothers who participated were instructed to note their children’s energy levels, behavior, emotional problems and relationships with friends and peers as “normal” or “abnormal”. After gathering the information from the mothers, the researchers assigned the children into three group categories labeling them from “normal” to “serious behavioral problems.” The researchers found that stepchildren and children with one parent were significantly more likely to misbehave. Multiple studies have validated that children do best in households with both biological parents, but raising a child in a two-parent home is not always possible or the best choice. Single parenthood affects children, but not all of the effects are

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