History[ edit ] Single parenthood has been common historically due to parental mortality rate due to diseasewars and maternal mortality.
The Pew Research Center reports that today less than half of American children under the age of 18 live in a home with two married parents.
Using data from the American Community Survey and the Census Bureau, the Pew analysis found that 46 percent of children under 18 live in households headed by two heterosexual parents in their first marriage, compared to when 73 percent of children fit that description, and inwhen 61 percent did.
And it seems to me for the individual you want to be humane, you want to be sympathetic, for the individual it's a good thing that there is no stigma. But collectively for society when the rate hits 41 percent it is a disaster for a society," said conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer Thursday night on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor.
And we're going to suffer the consequences," he said. A new report by Child Trends confirms Krauthammer's assertion. Unmarried mothers generally have lower incomes, lower education levels, and are more likely to be dependent on welfare assistance compared with married mothers.
They do better in school and in higher education, they do better at jobs and economically, they develop more stable and lasting relationships personally," Michael Barone wrote recently in the National Review.
According to the Census Bureau, 66 percent of households in were family households, which represents a decline from 81 percent in During that same time period, the proportion of one-person households increased by 10 percentage points, from 17 percent to 27 percent.
The breakdown of the family structure has consequences on both the health and well-being of Americans, particularly women, reported Gallup last year. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, while women tend to experience more stress than men across all marital status groups, "there is a visibly pronounced stress gap by gender when one compares women who are separated to men who are separated.Although many studies have examined associations between family structure and children’s educational achievement at the individual level, few studies have considered how the increase in single-parent households may have affected children’s educational achievement at the population level.
Single fathers comprise the remaining million single parent families. Married couples make up 68 percent of all families with children under age 18, compared to 93 percent in About 62 percent of children have a mother who works outside the home, slightly less than those with a father who works outside the home (66 percent).
Single parenting and today's family Over the past 20 years single-parent families have become even more common than the so-called "nuclear family" consisting of a mother, father and children. Today we see all sorts of single parent families: headed by mothers, headed by fathers, headed by a grandparent raising their grandchildren.
Krauthammer notes that contrary to conventional wisdom, the increase in single-parent families has risen among the white working class as well, but, he adds, society as . The Rise of Single Fathers.
A Ninefold Increase Since By Gretchen Livingston. A record 8% of households with minor children in the United States are headed by a single father, up from just over 1% in , according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Decennial Census and American Community Survey data. ers have identified the rise in single-parent families (especially mother-child families) as a major factor the volumes of research available on this topic, there (CPS).
During the s and s there was a rapid increase in single-mother families, leading to numer-ous national and state policy initiatives aimed at strengthening.