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Child means a boy or a girl apparently or effectively aged less than eighteen years Van Stolk 146 Rich kids middle-class kids poor kids - all deal with risk and neglect on a scale unimagined in previous generations Hewitt 11 There are problems of poverty absentee parents divorce violence and drugs plus much more that is simply out of hand Deprivation and rejection dominate the lives of many children among both poor and middle-class We cannot ensure the safety of children on the streets or in our homes On the educational front the news is even more disturbing since underachievement and failure are now very popular Something else that contributes to child neglect is a fast rate of family breakdown This is an effect of divorce and rapid increase in single parent pregnancies Couples marrying today face an even higher chance of divorcing at some point during their lives together A familys deterioration can come about in ways other than separation Wilson 50 Staying together in certain conditions and situations may increase further economical or psychological problems that may affect the child Social attitudes today are scarcely more tolerant With the ratio of one divorce in four marriages moving towards one in three we have been forced to look beyond those unexamined assumptions to asses realistically the changing role and changing needs of the family in Canadian society Canadian Council 28 For women and their children divorce can often put severe economic hardships on them Another part of family breakdown can occur when the absence of a male presence or male support to single mother families In the years following divorce living standards for ex-wives drop by an average of 30 percent while those for men rise an 8 percent Hewitt 41 Although babies from teenage girls have declined the unmarried single parent teenagers who have children have risen rapidly There are now close to half a million live births to unwed teenagers
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