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Relationship between Single Parenthood and Education of Children

Relationshipbetween Single Parenthood and Education of Children


Relationshipbetween Single Parenthood and Education of Children

Singleparenthood is the situation where a kid is being brought up in afamily set up with one of the parents being an absentee parent. Inmany reports that have been published before show that single parentfamilies are those who have mother and kids without a father or thosewith father and child without a mother Elliott, Powell, and Brenton,2015). However, in most of the reports, those without mothers are notso much taken into consideration while conducting those studies(Elliott, Powell, and Brenton, 2015). It has been noted that thosechildren brought up in an intact family perform better in educationthan those in the single parent family. However, it is demonstratedthat those in the low-income cadre are the ones that perform poorlywhile those in a higher income perform equally to those of intactfamilies (Brown, Manning and Stykes, 2013). Thus this paper seeks todemonstrate the relationship between single parenthood andperformance of children in education by highlighting the impact ofsingle parenthood on children`s education and how this differs fromone country to the other.

Theresearch aims to answer the question of how does the effect ofsingle parenthood on the academic performance of a child differ fromone country to another?

Themotive of this research is to establish how different childrenbrought in a single parentage family they are from those in theintact families` in as far as academic performance is concerned. Thefactors to consider will be the level of income for the singleparents, the working environment of the single parent, and the timethe parent spends with the children to create the attachment requiredto build the much-needed confidence in education.


Manya time one looks at the single parent family set up but does not seekto understand how the single parenthood came to be. Most singleparents come into being as a result of death or divorce. According toClarke, Marshal et al. (2015), the effect of single parenthood onchildren reading performance depends on the extent the single parentcan attend to child`s homework and thus refines the readingperformance of the kid. The impact herein is depicted by the factthat there is a negligible difference performance in school betweenthose in the whole family setup and those from the single parentfamily.

Incomparing the gap in reading performance of 15-year old children insingle parent and both parent families, five Asian nations were takesas a sample and used to compare to that in the United States. It wasfound out that there is a negligible shortcoming of children withsingle parents in Korea and Korea while the factors on socioeconomicbackground and demographic trait are kept constant (Jian, Ekono, andSkinner, 2015). Further, it was also found out that children from asingle parent background in Thailand and Indonesia perform betterthan their peers from intact families. In Japan, a negative impactwas pointed out even after the controls of parent-child communicationwere put in place. Thus the weak effect of single parenthood in Asia,systems of the extended families and widowhood are the primary causesof single parenthood.

Inconclusion, the study will add more information to aid furtherresearch on comparisons on the effects of single parenthood. Theinformation includes data for further analysis and comparison withliberal and conservative nations (Jeynes, 2015). The data wascollected from Taiwan and Scandinavia which increases the wealth ofinformation in the same region with this study.


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