Single parent homes: How are they affecting our youth? The cause of behavioral and/or emotional problems among our youth could come from being raised in a single parent home. Many children resort to negative acts of behavior because of limited parental supervision within the single parent household. Children are two to three times more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems in single parent homes (Maginnis, 1997).
Research and etiology on the problem behaviors in childhood and adolescence often focus on the role of the family on the development of antisocial behavior. An important factor examined in past studies has been family structure, and this research has shown that youth from single parent families often have higher
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31.9% of children in two parent households reported using marijuana at some point in their lifetime. Many children find that smoking marijuana helps them to deal with many of the daily issues they encounter in their home life. Children from single parent homes may choose to smoke marijuana because of issues concerning economic deprivation and are more likely to become friends with other kids sharing the same concerns in their home life (Hollist and Mcbroom, 2006). Children raised in a single parent home also showed a higher amount of aggression than those who are raised in two parent homes. They are engaging in acts of aggression such as fighting and vandalism. Knoester and Hayne (2005) say, "If fathers are rare in a neighborhood, then acts of teen violence are not". America is seeing a rise in violent crime and single parent households are perceived in causing this increase. Boys being raised in single mother homes are more likely to cause crime than girls because of the loss of the father being a role model. The lack of parental supervision is one of the main causes of children resorting to crime. Family Court Judge Richard Fitzgerald says, "We are seeing juveniles committing more violent crimes at a younger age and with more destructive force and impact." (Maginnis, 1997). Parents may also divide custody of the child. In this case the child may live with the mother for a certain time period and then spend time in the father's household. This