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The Effect of Single Motherhood on a Child.

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The Effect of Single Motherhood on a Child More than half of the children born in 1994 will spend some or all of their childhood with only one parent, typically their mother (McLonhen). 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. In particular, conservatives 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. Continuing on saying, that the mothers are fully responsible for any children they bear in an age when contraceptives and abortion are freely available. ...read more.


Second, while current debate presumes that being born to a single, economic stable, single mother is healthy; it has been proven that these children have a much higher rate of delinquency, than those born into a marriage. These children are 2.5 times as likely to become teen mothers (McLonhen). As adults, these children have a much higher rate of divorce, specifically about 3 times as great as those born into a marriage do (Leegvy 64). Family disruption, or single parenthood, reduces the time parents spend with children and the control they have over them. This in fact, greatly increasing the delinquency in these families thirty-five percent (Single). When families live apart, children see their fathers a lot less (about twenty-nine percent do not see them at all), effecting the amount of control the mother has (Single). Mothers often find their authority undermined by the separation and consequently have more difficulty controlling their children. One survey asked high school students whether their parents helped them with their school work and supervised their social activites. ...read more.


Alternatively, others might expect the effect of family disruption to be smaller on minority children because single mothers in black and Hispanic communities are more common, more widely accepted, and therefore perhaps provided more support from neighbors and kin. However, studies prove that family disruption has the most harmful effects among Hispanics and least among blacks. Family disruption increases the risk of school failure by twenty-four percent among Hispanics, seventeen among whites, and thirteen among blacks (McLonhen). In conclusion, some people claim that growing up in a fatherless home should be the major cause of child poverty, delinquency, and school failure, while others denied that single motherhood had any harmful effects. From all the facts and statistics throughout, it should be shown that growing up in a single parent home is not to any child's advantage, simply a disadvantage waiting to grow. Growing up with a single parent is not something that happens to other people and other people's children. It is something that can happen to us and our children's children. ...read more.

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