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Education Gap Grows for Adolescents from Single-Parent Families

The percentage of children living in single-parent families in the United States has increased markedly over the past 50 years. New research shows that by the age of 24, individuals who lived in single-parent families as adolescents have received fewer years of schooling and are less likely to attain a bachelor’s degree than those from two-parent families.

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Families: It’s Complicated

Families do not fall neatly into the binary categories of single parents and married couples. For one thing, there are growing numbers of cohabiting parents. More importantly, structure is only one factor influencing children’s economic opportunities. Other family characteristics matter too, as argued in a new report from the Center for American Progress (CAP).

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More than Half of all Children in the US Will Likely Live With an Unmarried Mother

PUBLIC RELEASE: 16-DEC-2014 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY, WOODROW WILSON SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS PRINCETON, N.J.–More than half of all American children will likely live with an unmarried mother at some point before they reach age 18, according to a report issued by Princeton University and Harvard University. The absence of a biological father increases the likelihood […]

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Common Problems in Single-Parent Families

Tish Davidson, A.M. – Single Parent Central Single-parent families are families with children under age 18 headed by a parent who is widowed or divorced and not remarried, or by a parent who has never married. Description One out of every two children in the United States will live in a single-parent family at some time […]

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The Parenting Gap

By: Richard V. Reeves and Kimberly Howard According to a new Center on Children and Families paper by Richard Reeves and Kimberly Howard, the parenting gap is a big factor in the opportunity gap. The chances of upward social mobility are lower for children with parents struggling to do a good job – in terms […]

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