"In many Western industrialized societies, the one-parent family is becoming more common and tolerated (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1999)." However they often have not proven to be successful."Since 1970, the percentage of children living with single parents has doubled, from 12 to 27 percent, because of the increases in the divorce rate and the number of unmarried parents.
Single parent families now include more than 18 million children and comprise the most common non-nuclear family (Meurer, Meurer, & Holloway,1996)." This is a startling statistic considering the fact that crime and poverty is directly related to children who are raised by teenage parents.
These children are automatically placed in the lower class.
Children who don't have good role models often choose negative, unsavory characters to mold themselves after.
These children become susceptible to many of the dangerous risks associated with children who are raised by teenage parents.
Males are affected differently by the absence of a father than females are.
A boy needs a male role model in his life so that he can learn how to become a man.
"Males that grow up in one-parent homes may gain negative personality traits like immaturity, laziness, and disrespect for women (Meurer, Meurer, & Holloway,1996)."Females who grow up without fathers in the home usually end up having pre-marital sex (Hinckely, 1998).