english 2001 - One-parent 1 One-Parent Families Composition...

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One-parent 1 One-Parent Families Composition 111 English 2001 February 15, 2009 One-parent 2
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Outline Thesis Statement : There is a growing trend of single-parent families either by choice or other circumstances. It is very hard for a single parent to take care of his/her family without additional support. In order to support the children adequately, that parent has to work longer hours or additional days to supplement the family income. As a result, children are left unsupervised for long hours, which can lead to long-term physical, psychological or emotional effect. 1. A single parent is one who chose to raise a family alone due to divorce, separation, abandonment or the death of the other parent. A. Single parents do not spend as much time with their kids as parents in two- parent families. 1. According to an article taken from Kipaddotta.com, Single parenthood may occur as a result of loss (death of spouse, separation, divorce, abandonment by one parent), or by choice (single parent adoption, donor insemination, egg donor/surrogate motherhood, choosing to carry to term an unexpected pregnancy and raise the child on one’s own)”( http://www.kipaddotta.com ) 2. In an article published by Parents without partners, “89% of single fathers are in the work force and 77% of single mothers work.” ( http:// parentswithoutpartners.com ) One-parent 3
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a. Single mothers outnumber single fathers. b. Children in single parent home fare worse than those in two- parent homes. II. Children living in homes with single parent or stepparent are at higher risk of abuse than children living with two biological parents. A. Sometimes women get into relationship due to emotional or financial need and do not consider the well being of the child. 1. According to studies children living in households with unrelated adults are nearly 50 times more likely to die of inflicted injuries as children with two biological parents. 2. In some situations, there is resentment if the man has to stay home and take care of someone else child while the woman is at work. a. According to Barbara Defoe, Social Historian, “Children in single-parent families are two to three times as likely as children in two-parent families to have emotional and behavioral problems.” (Single-parent families, p.11) b. Wade C. Mackey states, “Children raised in single parent families (especially those in which the mother is the single parent) are more likely to commit violent crimes both as juveniles and as adults than those raised in two-parent families.” (Single-parent families, p.49) One-parent 4
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