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by Gary Sandefur,Sara McLanahan

Nonwhite and white, rich and poor, born to an unwed mother or weathering divorce, over half of all children in the current generation will live in a single-parent family--and these children simply will not fare as well as their peers who live with both parents. This is the clear and urgent message of this powerful book. Based on four national surveys and drawing on more than a decade of research, Growing Up with a Single Parent sharply demonstrates the connection between family structure and a child's prospects for success.

What are the chances that the child of a single parent will graduate from high school, go on to college, find and keep a job? Will she become a teenage mother? Will he be out of school and out of work? These are the questions the authors pursue across the spectrum of race, gender, and class. Children whose parents live apart, the authors find, are twice as likely to drop out of high school as those in two-parent families, one and a half times as likely to be idle in young adulthood, twice as likely to become single parents themselves. This study shows how divorce--particularly an attendant drop in income, parental involvement, and access to community resources--diminishes children's chances for well-being.

The authors provide answers to other practical questions that many single parents may ask: Does the gender of the child or the custodial parent affect these outcomes? Does having a stepparent, a grandmother, or a nonmarital partner in the household help or hurt? Do children who stay in the same community after divorce fare better? Their data reveal that some of the advantages often associated with being white are really a function of family structure, and that some of the advantages associated with having educated parents evaporate when those parents separate.

In a concluding chapter, McLanahan and Sandefur offer clear recommendations for rethinking our current policies. Single parents are here to stay, and their worsening situation is tearing at the fabric of our society. It is imperative, the authors show, that we shift more of the costs of raising children from mothers to fathers and from parents to society at large. Likewise, we must develop universal assistance programs that benefit low-income two-parent families as well as single mothers. Startling in its findings and trenchant in its analysis, Growing Up with a Single Parent will serve to inform both the personal decisions and governmental policies that affect our children's--and our nation's--future.

Download Growing Up With a Single Parent: What Hurts, What Helps epub
ISBN: 0674364074
ISBN13: 978-0674364073
Category: Other
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Author: Gary Sandefur,Sara McLanahan
Language: English
Publisher: Harvard University Press (October 20, 1994)
Pages: 208 pages
ePUB size: 1248 kb
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Rating: 4.3
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Forget all myths you were told, and concentrate on reality.

Here you have a collection of various kinds of experiments and correlations regarding children that grow up with a single mother.

A striking finding claims that children that grow up with single mothers are indeed less successful, but not because they grow up without a father. Just:

1) Genetic heritage. The same genes that cause the parents to divorce have on average some effect on children's personality etc.

2) Socioeconomic status. Single mothers are usually poorer.

3) Lake of stability. Single mothers move from neiborhood to another more often than married couples. This is damaging the children social relationships etc.

There are other interesting finding there.

I am not the last word in "approving" the conclusion. But they look convincing. And one should certainly give them a thought.

There is a lot of value in thinking our assumptions from the beginning, and trying to give up our prejudices.
Don't be fooled by the title; has nearly nothing for real single dads. The book is full of statistics that could be summarized in a couple of pages for the laymen. Doesn't offer anything about "what hurts, what helps".