Single-Parent Households Essay by The Research Group

Single-Parent Households
Examines societal attitudes towards single-parent families, most negative.
# 24572 | 1,575 words | 5 sources | 2002 | US

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Examines societal attitudes toward single-parent families, most negative. American ideal of the perfect family. Realities of contemporary society and families. Growing number of single-parent households. Discusses two major areas of concern for single parents (usually mothers): providing emotional support for the family and providing financial security. Problem of a single wage household in terms of adequate income. Some solutions.

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"The more things change, the more people wish that they would stay the same. Or at least that seems to be the case when it comes to Americans’ ideas about what constitutes a “real” family. This paper examines the ways in which society assumes that a single-parent family is somehow not a real family and how this fact makes the other stresses faced by single parents even more difficult. It also looks at two of the most difficult areas for single parents – providing emotional support for their families and providing financial security for their families.

Despite the fact that the majority of American children born today are likely to find themselves in a single-parent household at some point (Wagonseller etal, 1997, p. 14), the ideal of a perfect family in most people’s minds is still made up of a mother, a father and two or three children. The stereotype of this ..."

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