ERIC Number: ED108068
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Single Parent Family: Some Social and Psychological Characteristics and Their Implication for Social Policy Decisions.
Boyle, William T.
This speech explores, in part, the literature concerning single parent families and the results of some of the research on such families. It suggests some possible implications for social planning and policy in response to the existence of these families. The single parent system, represented in the person of the single parent mother has many of the same social and psychological characteristics of two-parent families. Among these, the most common seems to focus on financial stress, emotional stress caused by role conflict, and problems caused by public opinion and attitudes. Virtually no literature was found in the general area of the single parent father. Based on a recent research study of 100 single parents, it was found that even in the most adaptive situations there may still exist within the parent subtle feelings of guilt, rejection, and stress which may be communicated, no matter how subtly, to the child. The author suggests change in social policy which should include improvements in child care, work structure, research projects on the single parent, legislation, and crisis intervention. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, D.C., March 30-April 3, 1975)