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Assess the argument that lone parent families have become a matter for public concern and even alarm.

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Assess the argument that lone parent families have become a matter for public concern and even alarm. A lone parent is seen as a teenage single mother in today's society but only a very small and decreasing number of lone parents are. A lone parent is can be one of a group of people; the death of a parent might cause only one parent, people who are separated or people who are not co-habiting with children cause lone parents. The parent of a lone parent family has either separated or divorced from the other parent, been widowed or are just single. There are an estimated 1.7 million one-parent families in Britain today that is nearly a quarter of all families. ...read more.

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They believe that even though lone parents share certain material and social disadvantages they are not a collective group therefore they have no effect on society as a whole. This has been criticised as to say a lone parent family has material and social disadvantages means that they are a matter for concern. Charles Murray a new right thinker, believes that the over generous welfare states are the catalyst for the large number of lone parents. He believes that the lone parent family would have been scarcely a viable economic unit if it were not for the welfare state and that the numbers of lone parent families have contributed to the emergence of the underclass. ...read more.

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As mentioned previously, women are much more likely than men to be lone parents and therefore more likely to be in poverty than men. This is because married women are less likely than married men to be working, therefore if the marriage breaks up, the lone parent is left with no source of income. This gives evidence that lone parent families have become a matter for public concern. In conclusion, I think that in no modern society has the lone parent family replaced the nuclear family, and even though the numbers of lone parent families have increased over the last ten years they are not becoming a concern for the public as the government is helping them and this type of family as most types of families is a clearly functional unit. Claire Newby Sociology Essay ...read more.

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