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Sara McLanahan Summer Children of single-parent families suffer measurable harm. But the problems of the family are far more complex than the popular debate often suggests.
PinIt Instapaper Pocket Email Print Inwhen Dan Quayle condemned the television character Murphy Brown for giving birth out of wedlock, he reopened an old debate that quickly became highly polarized.
Some people claimed that growing up in a fatherless home was the major cause of child poverty, delinquency, and school failure, while others denied that single motherhood had any harmful effects.
And some objected even to discussing the topic for fear of stigmatizing single mothers and their children. Not talking about single motherhood is scarcely an option. More than half of the children born in will spend some or all of their childhood with only one parent, typically their mother.
If current patterns hold, they will likely experience higher rates of poverty, school failure, and other problems as they grow up. The long-range consequences could have enormous implications. But what exactly are the consequences -- how large and concentrated among what groups? Do they depend on whether a single mother is widowed, divorced, or never married?
Does public support for single mothers inadvertently increase the number of women who get divorced or choose to have a baby on their own? Many people hold strong opinions about these issues.
For example, conservatives such as former Education Secretary William Bennett and Charles Murray, the author of Losing Ground, believe that single motherhood is so harmful and public support is so significant an inducement for unwed women to have babies that it is time to get tough with the mothers.
Murray has even proposed denying unwed mothers child support payments from nonresident fathers. Of the father Murray says: As far as I can tell, he has approximately the same causal responsibility as a slice of chocolate cake has in determining whether a woman gains weight.
Meanwhile, some liberal critics see single mother as a codeword for "black, welfare mother. So great are the passions aroused by the debate over the morality of single motherhood that a clear-eyed view of the consequences of single motherhood has been difficult.
But to make any progress, we had best know what those are. Does Single Motherhood Harm Children? Children who grow up with only one of their biological parents nearly always the mother are disadvantaged across a broad array of outcomes.
As shown in figure 1they are twice as likely to drop out of high school, 2. Children in one-parent families also have lower grade point averages, lower college aspirations, and poorer attendance records.
As adults, they have higher rates of divorce. The evidence, however, does not show that family disruption is the principal cause of high school failure, poverty, and delinquency.
While 19 percent of all children drop out of high school, the dropout rate for children in two-parent families is 13 percent. Thus, the dropout rate would be only 33 percent lower if all families had two parents and the children currently living with a single parent had the same dropout rates as children living with two parents -- a highly improbable assumption.
The story is basically the same for the other measures of child well-being. If all children lived in two-parent families, teen motherhood and idleness would be less common, but the bulk of these problems would remain.Around half of single mothers have never married, 29% are divorced, 21% are either separated or widowed.
Half have one child, 30% have two. 6 About two . Scholarships for Single Fathers. Raising kids is no easy task, especially for single fathers. Single dads are often under-appreciated in the . 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept. Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average.
90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average. The rate of unmarried parents who are single fathers has stayed the same at 12%. As more unmarried parents move in together, the share of unmarried fathers has gone to .
Charities for single parents can be found throughout the U.S., providing support to mothers and fathers who are raising kids on their own.
They may offer financial assistance, donated supplies, or educational and emotional support. Many offer a little of everything to help families who are. According to a recent report on NBC News, a study by the Pew Research Center found that the number of single fathers in the U.S.
is on the rise, with million households led by a single father in -- a ninefold increase from , when single fathers numbered about ,