Is the rise in lone parent families detrimental to childhood?

Johns, Catherine (2010) Is the rise in lone parent families detrimental to childhood? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    There is widespread unease surrounding the idea of a crisis in childhood in the UK today. The rise of the lone parent and fall of the traditional family is one of the aspects in childhood that form this fear. The report found that a significant amount has changed for the family since the 1960s. There has been an immense change in public expectations surrounding what constitutes a normal family. With these changes the traditional family whilst still a desired ideal is no longer common place within Britain’s society. Different family structures like that of the lone parent family are now instead becoming more common. More children are spending at least part of their lives in a lone parent family. This is looked at by some as increasingly worrying with the fear that the lone parent family is not a supportive and stimulating environment for children to be reared in. The report explored cited research and found that it is widely believed that lone parent families adversely affect children’s development and potential life outcomes. However the report also found that many academics believe that research often ignores the “real culprits” behind the effects of lone parenthood, such as poverty and parental conflict. The report concluded that perhaps many factors like these are at play and it is not the fact of living in a lone parent family that is problematic for children. It is instead these real culprits, which are usually associated with lone parenthood, that are problematic. The report also suggested that the government today takes more of a parental role than in the past, compensating for the disadvantage of living in a lone parent family. This led to the conclusion that there is no real cause for concern around the rise of lone parenthood.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Education and Childhood Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2010 09:16
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15

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