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Examine the reasons for, and effects of an increase in the proportion of lone parent families It is evident that in Britain today, the proportion of lone parent families are increased- with now 25% of all families falling in to this category. Also, 90% are headed by solely be females. The reasons, and effects of this, however are actively debated in sociology and in this essay, I shall discuss them. One of the biggest reason for an increase in the proportion of lone parent families is the fact that there are increasing divorce rates, and now 2/5 of all marriages will end in divorce. This therefore means the family is literally torn apart, with one parent taking custodian rights of children and thus, becoming a lone parent family. The fact that divorce is so rampant, with 138,000 divorces occurring in a single year, could account for such a huge increase in the proportion of lone parent families. It could also be argued that another reason is that the position of women is changing. More women are employed (70% females at working age are in employment), more women experience equality through various discrimination acts and are no longer seen as merely ‘instruments of production’ (Marx). Because of this, women are not only economically liberated, but emotionally too. This consequently means more women are willing to raise a child by themselves and could account for the increase in the proportion of lone parent families. Also, as Hart believes, marriage and the nucleur family create an ‘internal confliction’ for females and thus, want to move away and consequently, become a lone parent family. It could also be argued that laws work in ways to help lone parent families. New labour laws, such as benefits and housing help specifically targeted for lone parent families mean that a lone parent family structure is seen as more appealing, and thus, the proportion of them

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