Raising Children in the U.S. Term Paper by Nicky

Raising Children in the U.S.
An account of issues that affect how children are brought up in the USA.
# 147593 | 3,846 words | 9 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on May 15, 2011 in Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues) , Sociology (General)

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This paper discusses issues that arise in the parent/child relationship out of societal expectations and demands. It explains how children in the USA are perceived and details different parenting skills. The paper goes on to discuss how society interacts with children in the United States and how diversity plays an important role. It provides information from studies carried out on the subject, concluding that by changing our perceptions of children, interaction and parenting styles, we can improve the healthfulness of their culture.

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From the Paper:

''In the United States, children are perceived differently by various groups and subgroups. A study of the view of children within the family, as well as how they are perceived by the society in general, can shed light on the topic of the role of children in the United States. In the family, children are viewed differently depending on the parenting situation and family type. For instance, children who live with both parents are more likely to be perceived as an asset to the family then are children who come from single-parent households or those who live with neither of their parents. This can be seen through studies that suggest "the type of parents...in a child's household can have strong effects on their well-being" (Child Trends Databank, 2008). Children who live with single parents "are...more likely to be exposed to high levels of aggravated parenting" (Child Trend Databank, 2008). Thus, it can be assumed that children who live in homes with both of their parents tend to be perceived as a positive asset to the family, while children living in single-parent homes may be viewed more as a social and economic drain than an asset, as the Child Trends Databank (2008) suggests that singe-parent families are likely to experience economic difficulties. A decrease from 69% to 67% in the number of children living with both parents (Child Trends Databank, 2008) suggests that a large proportion of children are, therefore, being viewed in a negative or burdensome manner rather than in a positive way.''

Sample of Sources Used:

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  • Child Help. Web Site: http://www.childhelpusa.org/resources/learning-center/statistics
  • Child Trends Data Bank. (2008, Summer). Family Structure. Retrieved April 5, 2009, from the Child Trend Databank. Web Site: http://www.childtrendsdatabank.org/indicators/59FamilyStructure.cfm
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  • "Marriage & Family Processes" (n.d.). Retrieved April 5, 2009, from Trinity University. Web Site: http://www.trinity.edu/~mkearl/family.html Nabhan...

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