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Anti Social Behavior Of Children Living With A Single Parent

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Having both parents in a child’s life is essential. Furthermore, one could say the effects of being a child/children with only one parent, or neither parents, can cause psychological/heath problem, decrease cognitive/academic abilities, and lastly cause children to suffer from antisocial behavior. In other words, it is better to have both parents together and involved in your life. At the age of 8 I lost my mother. At first things seemed to be okay, but as the time dragged on, I realized that living with only my father was not only hard on me, but hard on him as well. At first, I became very anti-social, then I began acting out, and things would only get worse from there. My father, on ...view middle of the document...

First, children that suffer from sleeping disorders have trouble falling asleep, more nightmares, and night terrors than a child who lives with both parents (Psychiatrist Alfred Messer, cited by Hewlett). I experienced nightmares all the time. Sometimes it was me locked in a room and I didn’t know how to get out. Sometimes I even had nightmares about my mom.
Secondly, one can see the difference when comparing the usage of drugs and alcohol in a parent-absent home and a stable two parent environment. Only 18% of children with strict and involved fathers/mothers used drugs compared to the 35% of children without fathers and/or mothers used drugs. (1988 UCLA study, cited by Hewlett). A really good friend to me lost her father in a car crash and her mother wasn’t very involved in her life. She began smoking marijuana, and later started pills. She overdosed on prescription pills, and passed away a year ago.
More importantly, suicide: 75% of teens who commit suicide are from single parent homes (Elshtain, The Christian Century, 1993). As was previously stated, having both parents is important for a child’s health and well-being.
Are children suffering or are they resilient? Wisconsin Fathers for Children and Families states that children are suffering when it comes to their cognitive/academic achievement. Not only is there 38% of elementary students from single parent homes that were low achieving (city by Hewlett) but also elementary students from fatherless homes or homes with mother and a stepfather have to repeat (Dawson,1991). Those statistics may sound a little outrageous, but it gets worse. Children from fatherless homes are twice as likely to drop out of school ( US Department of Health and Human Services, Survey on Child Health, 1993). When a...

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