"In many Western industrialized societies, the one-parent family is becoming more common and tolerated (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1999)." However they often have not proven to be successful."Since 1970, the percentage of children living with single parents has doubled, from 12 to 27 percent, because of the increases in the divorce rate and the number of unmarried parents.Single parent families now include more than 18 million children and comprise the most common non-nuclear family (Meurer, Meurer, & Holloway,1996)." This is a startling statistic considering the fact that crime and poverty is directly related to children who are raised by teenage parents.Many children also suffer from various social difficulties and self-esteem problems that come along with living in a one-parent household.The pressure that children raised by teenage parents go through is tremendous.Males are affected differently by the absence of a father than females are.A boy needs a male role model in his life so that he can learn how to become a man.Children who don't have good role models often choose negative, unsavory characters to mold themselves after.These children become susceptible to many of the dangerous risks associated with children who are raised by teenage parents.
These women usually don't know how to relate to other males and they have the wrong idea about what a relationship should be like.There are a lot of people who attend colleges all over the country thanks to financial aid and grants.Government aid is good and people who are in need deserve to receive it.Children who don't have fathers present in the home often feel unloved.There is no trauma as excruciatingly painful as parental rejection and there is probably no worse of a way to wreck a person's life.