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ERIC Number: ED262349
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 24
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Canadian Children from Single-Parent Families: Are They an Overlooked Minority?
Hett, Geoffrey G.
Although the divorce rate in Canada is growing, little Canadian research has studied the effects of family separation on children. To examine the effects of family separation on children in school-related areas, data were collected on 1241 students in kindergarten through seventh grade. Teachers completed an 11-item questionnaire for each student in their classrooms, rating students in several areas. Identical forms were completed for 152 children living in single-parent families, 1035 children living in two-parent families, and 54 children living in other family arrangements. Chi square analyses revealed significant differences among the three groups in all areas examined. The results revealed that, compared to children from two-parent families, children from single-parent families or from families with other living arrangements were more at risk academically, experienced more serious learning problems which required special instruction, exhibited poorer social behavior, were involved in more activities requiring discipline, exhibited poorer attention skills, were absent from school and complained of illness more often, and were more likely to change schools during the school year. These findings suggest that children from separated families have significantly more school-related problems than do children living with intact families. Future research should be directed toward helping children cope with family separation when it occurs. (Eight data tables and the study questionnaire are included.) (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada