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Modern Psychological Studies

Periodical Title

Modern Psychological Studies

Volume

18

Number

2

Page Numbers

pages 117-126

Department

Dept. of Psychology

Publisher

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Place of Publication

Chattanooga (Tenn.)

Date

2013

Abstract

In this literature review, research on single parenting is examined. Current research heavily correlates single parenting with internalized and externalized behavioral problems in children. After broader investigation it appears traumatizing events (e.g. divorce, separation) display a confounding variable which is not given adequate significance in research on single parenting. Reviewed research in which early childhood differences in children raised by dual-, or single parents were controlled for has not found behavioral differences between these two groups. In this article, research on adopted children has also been examined. Adopted children taken care off by single-, or dual parents do not show behavioral differences between each other. This suggests single parenting in itself does not have as many negative behavioral effects on children as currently claimed by researchers in western society. Researchers who find positive correlations between single parenting and negative behaviors in children do not control for events like divorce or separation, which often occur early during the childhood of single parented-, but not of dual parented children. Reviewed research on this topic strongly suggests that single parents do not need to be overly concerned about the negative effects their single parent status could have on children.

Subject

Psychology

Keyword

single parenting; adoption; divorce; traumatizing events

Discipline

Psychology

Document Type

articles

Extent

9 leaves

Language

English

Call Number

BF1 .M63 v. 18 no. 2 2013

Rights

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Psychology Commons

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