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Single Parent Families

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Maybe you've heard the statistics about children growing up in single-parent families. According to a lot of the research, these kids are more likely to struggle in school, have difficulties with the law, and deal with drug and alcohol abuse-along with other problems. But does growing up with a single parent have to mean these things will happen? Are these children going to lead worse lives than those with two parents?

This book tells the stories of several single-parent ...

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Overview

Maybe you've heard the statistics about children growing up in single-parent families. According to a lot of the research, these kids are more likely to struggle in school, have difficulties with the law, and deal with drug and alcohol abuse-along with other problems. But does growing up with a single parent have to mean these things will happen? Are these children going to lead worse lives than those with two parents?

This book tells the stories of several single-parent families, their struggles, and the things they have learned from their situations. These families are not concerned with the statistics, but with making their families and themselves the best they can be.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
"Research has also found that the absence of one parent can have negative effects on the health, education, and behavior of children," but input from other family members and groups may give these children a wider perspective and more compassion than their counterparts. Questions are asked at the end of each section to encourage further thought. Definitions for such words as "sociologists" and "romanticize" are found as red sidebars. Related news articles, found throughout the text on gray backgrounds, add information. Some headlines are: "Divorce May Widen Distance Between Teens, Fathers" and "After Divorce, Stable Families Help Minimize Long-term Harm To Children." Moss green sidebars relate further data such as "Statistics show that 83.1% of single custodial parents are mothers as compared with 16.9% being custodial fathers." Background information about the nuclear family and child custody appear on green backgrounds. Colored photographs add to the text. Lists of books and websites for further information, a bibliography, and an index are included. Gallup supplied the data. This is one of "The Changing Face of Modern Families" series. The challenge of being parents and children in single parent families may stimulate growth and maturity. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781422214930
  • Publisher: Mason Crest Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Changing Face of Modern Families Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 Single Parents 8

2 Parenting Alone 19

3 Growing Up After a Divorce 31

4 Growing Up with Just One Parent 46

Find Out More 60

Bibliography 62

Index 63

About the Author and the Consultant 64

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