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Dating and Single Mothers

  • By: Marcella Bush Trevino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

In the United States, the number of single-parent households rose dramatically beginning in the late 20th century. The category of single mothers includes both those who have chosen single motherhood and those who did not. There are a large variety of single mothers with a variety of family situations, including those who have lost spouses to death or divorce, those who bore children out of wedlock for a variety of reasons, teenaged parents, abandoned mothers, and those who have adopted children. The rise of reproductive technologies and the lessening social stigma attached to divorce and single motherhood has increased both the number and visibility of single mothers. Since women most often have primary or full custody of their children postdivorce and head most single parent ...

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