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1 in 4 Children in the U.S. Is Raised by a Single Parent

According to a recent study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, one in four children is the U.S. is raised by a single parent.

Of the 27 industrialized countries studied, the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries.

When our parents married, there was a sense that you were marrying for life," said Edward Zigler, founder and director of Yale's Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy. "That sense is not as prevalent."


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Do you think of marriage as being for life? Is your attitude any different when kids are in the picture?

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BreahnaPatten BreahnaPatten 5 years
While I think that marriage is to often thrown away because the people involved don't want to work at it, and that is a tragedy. I also think that all sides have to be considered, how is it better or more healthy for children to grow up with married parents who have grown to hate one another, what kind of example does this set? Even when parents are careful not to fight in front of their children, they will still pick-up on the emotions and that in my opinion is just as detremental if not more so than being raised by seperated parents, especially if once seperated, they can put their differences aside and remain civil for the sake of the children.
MonicaLopiccolo MonicaLopiccolo 5 years
Yes, I believe marriage is for life - till death us do part. Not quitting when things get tough. There are circumstances we can't control that make single parenting necessary and I highly respect all of the single parents that are trying hard to raise their families. Marriage is a committment and not based on feelings- period- there are too many people giving up too easily. :-(
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