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Growing Up in Lone Parent Families and the Effects On Canadas Children Assignment 1 Literature Review Proposal A large and growing number of Canadian children are living in households headed by lone parents The impact of lone-parenthood on the well-being of children is a critical research and public policy issue facing Canadian society The growth in lone-parent families has been one of Canadas most significant social trends In 1995 there were over 11 million lone-parent families representing an increase of 60 percent from 1981 In 1996 145 percent of Canadian families were headed by lone parents of whom 841 percent were lonemother families It is also likely that many Canadian children will experience life in a lone-parent family at some point during their childhood Canadian estimates suggest that one quarter of Canadian teens have known life with a lone parent Having lived in a lone parent family lone-mother family this is an issue which I feel that I can contribute my own empirical knowledge to The aim of this paper is to further my knowledge of the subject by discussing how the selected literature will relate further studies of this topic In addition this paper will propose a question related to this literature for an additional research paper examining lone parent families The journal articles selected to study the effects on lone-parenting include 1 Family Structure Educational Achievement and the Inner City 2 Lone Parent Canadian Families and the Socioeconomic Achievements of Children as Adults and 3 The Changing Effects of Lone Parent Families on the Educational Attainment of Their Children in a European Welfare State Of the articles reviewed I selected these three because they were contradictory to others on the same topic as they examined not only the negative side of lone parent families but also considered any influences or other possible causes for any disadvantages They also examined certain advantages that can arise from certain
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