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ERIC Number: ED333301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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Single-Parent Children and Middle Schools. Summary of Findings.
Wanat, Carolyn L.
This study examined the needs of single-parent children in the seventh and eighth grades and the schools' response to those needs. Thirty principals, single parents, and experts were interviewed; their opinions suggested questions for a survey that was mailed to principals (N=391) and single parents (N=253). The findings indicated that principals and single parents agreed single-parent children have special needs that affect their performance at school. These special needs included: (1) the need for stability and structure; (2) the need to feel accepted by teachers and peers; (3) the need for parental involvement in academic and non-academic areas; and (4) the need for extra time with adults talking abouth their feelings as they adjust to being members of single-parent families. Specific school responses to special needs mentioned included better communication between parents and schools; counseling with counselors or social workers or talk with sympathetic teachers; supervised study and recreational time; and cooperation with agencies in provision of services to single-parent families. Specific approaches are needed for single-parent children which address the structure of single-parent families, the role of the school, and home-school communications. (Recommendations based on study findings are included.) (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A