Family Structure And Higher Education Essay

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In the past thirty years, there has been a change in family structure in Uruguay (Cid and Stokes 2013). Marriage rates have declined, and about twenty-five percent of children live with only one biological parent (Cid and Stokes 2013). Along with a new phenomenon of a rapid divorce, there have also been improvements to the Uruguayan education system (Cid and Stokes 2013). In 2006, the Continuous Household Survey of Uruguay (Cid and Stokes 2013) showed that being raised in a non-traditional family was significantly linked with the likelihood of dropping out and falling behind in school (Cid and Stokes 2013). Results showed that males tend to be more vulnerable than females to negative educational influences. Boys receive less attention from their mothers, and that may explain why they are more likely to drop out or fail out of school (Gauthier and Monna 2008). Non-traditional homes put more pressure on males to drop out of school and find a low wage job to help lighten the financial burden.
Cid and Stokes (2013) non-traditional family structures have been linked to multiple cultural contexts, using various data sources and methods. The study of the Uruguay family structure and its findings became a unique to the United States, which support a role for family structure in influencing children’s educational outcome. This statement supports my hypothesis that people with married parents or two-parent households are more likely to seek…

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