The Development of Children in Mother-Headed Families

  • E. Mavis Hetherington
  • Martha Cox
  • Roger Cox
  • Ira D. Glick
  • Carol F. Hoover
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Abstract

The incidence of children growing up in a mother-headed single-parent home in the United States is increasing. Over 10 million children currently are living in fatherless homes, largely because of the rapidly accelerating divorce rate, particularly in families that have young children. Fewer parents are “staying together for the sake of the children.” In 1975, there were more than 1 million divorces, and in each divorce an average of 1.22 children were involved. In contrast to the increasing divorce rate, the marriage rate has begun to drop. The ratio of divorces to marriages in the United States in 1975 was about 1:2, with 1,026,000 divorces and 2,126,000 marriages.

Keywords

Single Mother Nuclear Family Maternal Employment Father Absence Masculine Role 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Mavis Hetherington
    • 1
  • Martha Cox
    • 2
  • Roger Cox
    • 3
  • Ira D. Glick
    • 4
  • Carol F. Hoover
    • 5
  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA
  2. 2.University of EvansvilleEvansvilleUSA
  3. 3.Indiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA
  4. 4.Payne Whitney ClinicCornell University and New York Hospital Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  5. 5.National Institute of Mental HealthBethesdaUSA

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