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One-parent vs. Two-parent households

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Shanny Korchi

on 15 November 2012

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Is a two-parent household better than a one-parent household? Two-parent households have better effects on children than a one-parent household. One- Parent Household Effects on Children When living with one parent the child tends to form a stronger relationship with that parent. Although in the end many different things tend to affect the child in a negative way. It can affect them anywhere from grades lowering to receiving less “investment” from the parent. Plus the child might feel like the divorce or separation of their parents is their fault. This could create many problems mentally and emotionally. (Gennetian 1-4). One-parent household benefits to children In America today 60% of children born are expected to end up living in a single parent household in some point of their lives. In a single parent household the children mature faster and learn to take care of themselves, which will help them in their years to come.(Valimohammadi) One-parent household mental effects on children Children tend to engage in risky behavior these things include: breaking the law, doing drugs or any other form of illegal substances, and risky sexual activity. There is a strong possibility that the child will fall into depression and/or other severe mental illnesses. Children tend to pay less attention in academics and other educational/life skills.(Lee) Two-parent household benefits to children Relationships between
parent and child in both types of households The relationship between parent and child differ depending on the household. When living in a two-parent household, there tends to be a balance between the child’s relationships with each parent. If there is ongoing conflict between the parents, the child tends to not have a favorite parent because of feeling guilty about choosing one parent over the other. In this kind of situation it would be healthier for the child to live in a one parent household, and then the child would have a stronger relationship with the parent that they have a permanent residence with.(Amato Soblewski) Did You Know!? •In 1940 70% of households were two-parent.
•In 1999 62% of households were two-parent.
• In the U.S. today 30% of households are single parent.
•Nearly 60% of single parent households are a result of divorce.
•28% of single parent households live below the poverty line.
•Children of two-parent households are 30%-70% are more likely to be abused by parents.
•Children who are in the presence of domestic violence or a high conflict marriage are more likely to have development and psychological problems(Valimohammdadi)(Lee 505) When living in a two-parent household it shows that the child does better in education and adjusting. As well as having two emotional supports instead or just one. Not only does the child get a double emotional support, but also a better economical support. This could be essential for the child because it could give the child a more successful and bright future (Jaffee, Moffitt, Caspi, Taylor) Conclusion: In conclusion living in a two parent household is a better for a child than a single-parent household. Then again there are many different things that could affect how a child is raised. Not all two-parent households are right on the spot. It all depends on the jobs the parents have, the environment, and the marriage. Scientifically a two-parent household is better but in some ways a single-parent household might be better. It all depends on who the parent is and how they decide to raise their child.
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