Single Parent Families: Are Children Worse Off? Analytical Essay by Brad7

Single Parent Families: Are Children Worse Off?
A paper which discusses the emotional well-being and development of children from single parent families.
# 9495 | 1,060 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2002

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The paper shows that there has been much debate centered on the growing number of single parents raising children and how society tends to blame single parent homes for the majority of ills including drug abuse, violent crimes and juvenile delinquency. While there are some single parent households headed by men, the overwhelming majority of single parent homes are headed by women. The paper shows that this fact sparks another concern, since the average household income for the female single parent is a mere 24,000 per year, which depending on the size of the family could mean that many single parent households are living at or below the poverty rate. The paper questions that with the apparent negatives of being a child in a single parent household, is it a valid conclusion to say that on average, children of single parent households are worse of than their counterparts living in a two-parent household? This paper also discusses how children of single parents cope emotionally and how they fare academically relative to their peers.

From the Paper:

"They may also be more knowledgeable, cultured and well rounded if they have two sets of families to learn from and be loved by. These aspects may help them become more determined to succeed in their endeavors, teach them to become great leaders and valuable contributors to their families and to society. Single parent families are not economic bads, as a matter of fact, many of the worlds great leaders, visionaries, entertainers, politicians, TV personalities and others who make a valuable contribution to society every day are products of single parent homes."

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Single Parent Families: Are Children Worse Off? (2003, January 31) Retrieved December 08, 2022, from

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"Single Parent Families: Are Children Worse Off?" 31 January 2003. Web. 08 December. 2022. <>