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Chapter 3: Disrupted Families: The Continuing Family Crisis
There is an enormous amount of political rhetoric associated with what the “ideal” family should be. We do not re-open that debate here. Certainly, a two-parent family with concerned, loving parents is most desirable. For whatever reasons, however, that is not reality for many American children. Children frequently find themselves in one-parent homes, foster homes, or being raised by relatives or guardians. It appears to be less critical who raises a child than how and in what environment.
Every young person needs the structure, supervision, and support of responsible, caring adults. We call these elements the “three ‘S's,” and our studies have found that these factors are sorely lacking in 8% families. By structure, we are ...