The Effects of Single Parent Homes on Children

Children living in single family homes may have different outlooks on life than children raised in a home with two parents. Financial stability and psychological effects all take a toll on a childhood when only one parent provides the support. A higher-stress home lowers self-esteem in children, which can result in negative or unpleasant behavior as noted in studies presented by the Journal of Psychology in 2010. This behavior was shown to be prevalent when comparing 159 spouses and ex-spouses with their 12-year-old children.

  1. Financial Support

    • Raising a child in a single parent home puts stress on finances. Stress accumulates for the parent who is trying to manage a work life and a home life, and also for the child, who may suffer from the lack of financial support for daily necessities and an absentee parent. Hannah Hudson, in her article "6 Money-saving Secrets of Single Parents," outlines a few ways single parents can save money. Joining a support group, finding hand-me-downs from older children and teaching kids the value of responsibility help cut costs to give children the things they need.


    • In single parent families, self-esteem issues play a major role in a child's behavior. A study published in the 2010 Journal of Psychology shows that children have lower self-esteem with a single parent than children who are raised with two parents. The strongest finding relates that the mother-daughter relationship suffers the most, as girls formulate their world-view and confidence from the example of the mother.


    • The educational level of parents also contributes to the behavioral maturity of children. Single parents who do not have a full high school education result in lower wage earning potential and can suffer from a higher incidence of health problems. Because of this children can suffer from aggression, depression and anxiety, as noted by author Katti Gray from research of studies done by Princeton University beginning in 2007. In her article "Broken Ties" from the journal Diverse, she claims that the higher the education in parents produces more opportunities for the child, and possibly contributes to better behavior.

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  • Parenting 24-7: The Effects of Divorce on Children: Robert Hughes Ph.D
  • "Self-Esteem Links in Families with 12-Year-Old Children and in Seperated Spouses"; The Journal of Psychology; Kristina Elfhag, Per Tynelius, Finn Rasmussen; 2010
  • "Pediatrics: Children's Well-Being and Varying Degrees of Family Instability"; NewRx Science; 2010
  • "6 Money Saving Secrets of Single Parents"; Scholastic Parent and Child: Hannah Hudson; 2010
  • "Broken Ties"; Diverse: Issues in Higher Education; Katti Gray; 2009
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