ERIC Number: ED360462
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Youth in Single-Parent Families: Risk and Resiliency. Background Paper.
Benson, Peter L.; Roehlkepartain, Eugene C.
To gain perspective on how the structure of a family impacts young people, data from a national study conducted by the Search Institute were reexamined. Of the 47,000 students of the study, 8,266 live in a single parent household, due largely to divorce. Analysis focused on at-risk behavior, deficits, and the dynamics of healthy single-parent families that help them beat the odds. The issues are too complex, and the perspectives and values too diverse to settle in a single discussion, but it appears that categorical statements about two-parent families being good and single-parent families being bad overstate the case. Two-parent families have an edge, but being in one is no guarantee that a young person will have the nurture, control, and guidance needed to grow up healthy. Being a single parent is tough, and living in such a family structure is not ideal for children, but with special effort and with the support of institutions, communities, and individuals around them, single-parent families can be supportive and healthy families in which young people can thrive. Six figures provide details of the situations of single families. (SLD)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Behavior Patterns, Disadvantaged Youth, Divorce, Elementary School Students, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Family Influence, Family Problems, Family Structure, High Risk Students, Nuclear Family, One Parent Family, Secondary School Students, Urban Youth
Search Institute, Thresher Square West, Suite 210, 700 South Third Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lutheran Brotherhood, Minneapolis, MN.
Authoring Institution: Search Inst., Minneapolis, MN.