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Single-Parent Family and Child Well-Being

A single-parent family is a household in which one parent (mother or father) does not live with the other biological parent, a spouse, or a partner and is responsible for most of the day-to-day activities associated with raising a dependent child or children. The topic of single-parent family and child development is represented by a large body of scholarly literature in psychology, demography, and sociology. As families have changed, many countries have seen a sharp increase in single parenthood. In the United States, for example, the percentage of children living with a single parent rose from 10% in 1965 to 28% in 2012. About 50% of today’s young adults have spent some time in a single-parent family while growing up.

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