Although the UK is seen as progressive, the nuclear family type seems to be falling and statistics show that in some parts of the country, over 50% of children will be born into a unmarried family, in the North East alone this statistic was 54.1% in the last year. Having a secure family can also have an effect on the child’s education and social being. Education can be made easier if there are two parents, 2 times the help given and often 2 incomes helping towards funding i.e. money for equipment, uniform, school trips and the condition of the home and materials such as a computer, books and television may also help in the education. With only one parent there to help, it may be harder due to lack of knowledge, wanting to help the child but unable to, not enough money to send the child on educational trips, new uniforms or even things concerning how much is available at home. This can include reading to the child, helping with homework and access to a computer, many of which can be difficult to achieve with only one income. The decline in the nuclear family could be down to fewer religious beliefs and not as much emphasis put on being religious as well as having less moral views to consider.
An increasing number of people choose to not marry and only co-habit meaning only living together. This could bear well for the couple involved but not for any children in the family. Being unmarried means that either partner can easily walk out of the relationship without any strings attached (unless there are children involved). The increase of single parent families (SPF’s) can happen through choice or chance. Some women or men choosing to be a SPF because of various reasons and other fall into the category by chance, often from one partner leaving. Such moral views have been put onto the typical nuclear family that even in such cases of domestic violence, the person stays with their partner in order for the child/ren to have the support of 2 parents. This is known as the egg shell family. Single parent families carry the stereotypical view from the government and generally most of society that they are working class citizens, often fatalists, live in council houses, rely firmly on benefits and the children often have no father figure to look up to therefore more likely to become delinquents and engage in drug abuse. The new right policies class single parent families as broken because of the lack of a father figure yet this may be a better situation for the mother as she is not dependent on the man and adopting a new style.