Effects Of Single Parenting On Adolescent Development

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How does Single Parenting Affect Adolescent Development: Is there a Positive?? Children of single parents get a predetermined handicap in life. Society has not been helpful by setting this standard. Household income and parent involvement may be a larger contributor to child behaviors and development. Single parent homes usually have a low income due to one income factor. It can also be assumed that single parents have less time to be at home. A single parent can successfully raise a happy and healthy child who is a good contributor to society and are not damaged goods. Single Parent Homes Society has a belief that children of single parent homes have a higher incidence of academics, emotional and behavioral problems compared to children …show more content…
Moderate to high-income children showed significantly high effects of negative behavior as compared to that of low-income children (Ryan, R.M., Claessens, A., & Markowitz, A.J. 2015). This study suggests that the impact of family change varies among family context. Family in economic distress may not suffer as much from these strains since they are more adapted to stress. In other words, higher-income families may have more to lose when considering the change in money and quality of home environment. A smaller change might occur, causing less unrest in the life of a lower-income child as compared to that of a higher-income …show more content…
A study conducted by Olson and Haynes ' (1993) found seven themes for successful single parenting.
1. Acceptance of responsibilities and challenges of single parenthood,
2. Prioritization of the parental role,
3. Consistent non-punitive discipline,
4. Emphasis on open communications,
5. Ability to foster individuality within a supportive family unit,
6. Reconnection of the need for self-nurturance,
7. Education to rituals and traditions.
It can be argued that emotional scarring caused by separation may disrupt the child’s development and performance. The loss (due to divorce, separation or death) of the other adult may inhibit a child’s normal growth and development when it needs to be fostered. Children may be forced to grow up and take on the duties of the absent adult. Limited time and income become the issue.

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