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How have the attitudes towards women affected the status of single-parent families?

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How have the attitudes towards women affected the status of single-parent families? "Two parents are always better than one" according to the parental loss perspective. At least one half of all American children will spend part of their growing years in a single parent family. One of the key characteristics of a single parent family is the limited number of resources available to them and nearly 60% of today's mother-child families live in poverty. The vast majority of mother headed families have a disadvantage in society because they are mainly characterized by poverty, and relatively low education. They also represent a group with pressing social and economic needs. There are a number of factors that have lead to an increase in the number of single parent families. To name a few, the changing attitudes towards the role of women, rising divorce rates, government benefit support, increasing financial independence and more. Single parent families have become a permanent and noticeable feature in many societies today. Long term changes are taking place in family patterns and gender relations. This is a result of people's choices about how they live their lives within a context of economic, cultural and social change. Some of these changes include the pressures of life, this is a major factor. ...read more.

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In Britain the proportion of families headed by a single parent has topped 25 percent for the first time, reflecting a huge growth in the number of never married mothers as well as a major rise in the divorce rates. Reshaping family life has caused a massive flood of mothers to come into the male dominated labor and work force. Even as late as 1940 less than 12 percent of married women were in the work force. The rising cost of living has forced women to go into the work force to seek a second source of income. Women who are getting better education want to seek employment for intellectual fulfillment. Wives are being given a larger role in their family's financial support and because of this they now demand that husbands perform more child care as well as housework. However working mothers still receive lower salaries, work longer hours at both home and job responsibilities and experience more strain as well as lower levels of physical and emotional well being. Their economic burden is much greater than that of a single-father family. This issue results from the fact that single women do not earn the same income as a single man would do, this means that there is a consequent economic struggle not experienced in the single-father household. ...read more.

Conclusion

Welfare is financial assistance that is paid by the government that is aimed to help certain groups of people who are either unwilling or unable to support themselves. Welfare can be offered for a number of reasons that include disability, lack of education, substance abuse and tax credits for working mothers. Some disadvantaged mother-headed single parent families will turn to government welfare because its primary purpose is to provide a economic and social safety net. In conclusion, single parent women represent changing roles and attitudes towards family members. The roles of women themselves are changing everyday and they are being allowed to take on a more dominant role. Mothers have been given a more independent role and because of this more and more people are willing to help single parent mothers. In addition, today, they have a greater determination for independence and determination to prove society wrong. Some people blame single parent families on the women's movement but actually "the family" has been destroyed by various forms. The women's movement is only one of the issues surrounding our ever changing society. Yes, family structures have changed as a consequence of the changes in women's roles in our society, but only partly. The family structure has changed because of the changing economy as well. Today's economy is now conquered by white-collar and service jobs as well as industrialized employment and women make up a large part of the service division. ...read more.

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