Just like in many other aspects of life, there is are clearly defined ethnic trends in single parenting. These trends lend themselves to some surprising statistics about the outcome of female children who are raised in single-parent households and can cause stereotypical racism towards those ethnic races who tend to have more single parents than others. Many things can be done to overcome such racisms and continue to raise your child or children in the best manner possible no matter what your ethnic heritage might be.
Ethnic Trends In Single Parenting
One of the most noticeable trends in single parenting is the difference in the percentage of men versus women. The single parents of the United States are made up primarily of 90’% women and 10% men. This is a drastic difference, and the majority of men who are single parents are due mainly to the death of a spouse, and not by the ending of a relationship.
According to a study by Bumpass and McLanahan, the following statistics have been gathered. Another one of the most noticeable trends in single parenting is the number of African American households with only one parent versus the Caucasian and Asian ones. An astonishing 32% of the single-parent households in the United States are headed by an African American woman, while only 8 % are Caucasian and 7% are Asian. Consequently, African American women face the most social criticism for their decisions or situations.
The Effects Of Trends In Single Parenting
In addition to the basic statistical data regarding ethnicity, there are also statistics on how the female children of single-parent households are affected by the absence of their father. The daughters of single mothers exhibit the following behaviors when it comes to their relationship and marriage decisions.
- 111% chance of becoming pregnant as a teenager
- 92% of developing marital problems of their own
- 164% chance of having a child out of wedlock
- 53% chance of getting married as a teenager
There are many theories as to why teenage girls of a single-parent home exhibit the above behaviors, but most of them revolve around filling the void that was caused by the lack of a father figure growing up. There is also a greater need to be needed and wanted from those females who grew up in single-parent households, and a child of their own is a way to feed such a need.
What Can Be Done?
Regardless of what your ethnicity is and whether not you are male or female, there are several things that you can do to ensure that your single parenting experience ends up in the best manner possible.
Seeking counseling as soon as possible for not only you but your child as well will eliminate most of the behaviors that are caused by confusion and resentment from the absence of a parent, especially in female children. Constant communication with your child or children is also essential to stay assessed of their needs and of any situations they may be going through.
Taking care of yourself as a parent is one of the best things that can be done to make sure that your children grow up happy and healthy too. If your children grow up seeing a strong and emotionally healthy parent they will be more likely to make mature decisions as well, instead of falling into the same traps that you did.
While there are clear ethnic trends in single parenting, the experience had by all races and genders are the same for the most part. As long as the children’s needs are assessed and the proper steps are taken, you can ensure that both you and your child thrive in a single-parent household.