Single-Parent Homes Research Paper by Nicky

Single-Parent Homes
An analysis of the social impact of the single family home.
# 147872 | 3,539 words | 8 sources | APA | 2011 | US

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This paper discusses how despite the fact that the nuclear family is not currently the norm in American society, and may not have ever truly been the norm across society, there is a strong sentiment that single-parent families are not as strong or successful as traditional family structures. Commentators suggest that single-parent families are not able to compete with two-parent homes because of economic and social disparity. The paper looks at how these basic inequalities leads to the result that children from single-parent families are less likely to attain a quality education as children from two-parent homes and how, given the lack of educational, social, and economic opportunities, commentators theorize that children from single-parent families are more likely to be involved in criminal behavior than children from nuclear families. The paper concludes that as a result, it seems clear that children from a traditional family structure are more likely to do well in school and stay out of trouble than children from a single family home.

Other Behaviors

From the Paper:

"Perhaps the most dramatic way that being from a single-parent family impacts a child is that it frequently limits the location where a child can live. While there is no linear correlation between a neighborhood's poverty rates and the quality of the neighborhood as measure on other scales, since poor neighborhoods can benefit from proximity to wealthier neighborhoods, and poverty impacts communities differently in different areas, there is a definite link between poverty and neighborhood quality. High poverty neighborhoods frequently have high unemployment rates, rampant crime, struggling schools, and a lack of other community resources (Comey et. al, 2008). These problems are greatly exacerbated in inner-city public housing developments, where single-parent families are highly overrepresented among inhabitants. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • AFL-CIO. (2009). It's time for working women to earn equal pay. Retrieved April 25, 2009 from AFL-CIO.Web site:
  • Comey, J., de Souza Briggs, X., and Weismann, G. (2008). Struggling to stay out of high-poverty neighborhoods: lessons from the moving to opportunity experiment. Retrieved April 25, 2009 from Web site:
  • The negative effects of single-parenting on child learning. (2006). Retrieved April 25, 2009 from Web site:
  • Porter, K. and Dupree, A. (2001). Poverty trends for families headed by working single mothers. Retrieved April 25, 2009 from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Web site:
  • Tanner, M. (1995). Testimony of Michael Tanner, Director of Health and Welfare Studies, the Cato Institute. Retrieved April 25, 2009 from Web site:

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