ERIC Number: ED403358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Single-Parent Families. At Issue Series.
Swisher, Karin L., Ed.
Many commentators have expressed alarm over the increase in the number of single-parent families in the United States over the past four decades. The growth in single-parent families has been fueled by a rise in the number of out-of-wedlock births. Whether children are more likely to suffer social and economic problems when raised by one parent rather than two is a central theme explored in this anthology, which contains the following selections: (1) "Single-Parent Families Are Harmful" (Barbara Dafoe Whitehead); (2) "Divorce Harms Children" (Karl Zinsmeister); (3) "Single-Parent Families Contribute to Violent Crime" (Wade C. Mackey); (4) "Single-Parent Families Contribute to the Breakdown of Society" (Jean Bethke Elshtain); (5) "Fathers Are Important to Families" (David Blankenhorn); (6) "The Harmful Effects of Single-Parent Families Are Exaggerated" (Arlene Skolnik and Stacey Rosencranz); (7) "Single-Parent Families Have Been Unfairly Stigmatized" (Iris Marion Young); (8) "The Harm Caused by Unwed Mothers Is Exaggerated" (Clarence Page); (9) "Single Mothers Are Unfairly Blamed for Poverty" (Holly Sklar); and (10) "Single Motherhood Is a Legitimate Choice" (Katha Pollitt). (Contains a list of 10 resource organizations and 50 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Births to Single Women, Crime, Divorce, Economically Disadvantaged, Family Structure, Low Income Groups, Mothers, One Parent Family, Poverty, Social Problems, Urban Problems, Urban Youth, Violence
Greenhaven Press, Inc., P.O. Box 289009, San Diego, CA 92198-9009 (paperback: ISBN-1-56510-543-5; library-bound: ISBN-1-56510-544-3).
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General; Opinion Papers
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