Single Parent Households

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Abstract Single parent households appear to be a growing trend in the world in that it is not only common to the United States. Parents find themselves single for various reasons. Parenting by definition is the act or process of raising children. Single parenting on the other hand is exactly the same yet with only one parent raising her child or children. This paper will focus on single parents and their journey living with the stereotype associated with being a single parent. This paper will also address the notions of children that are a product of a single parent households being either rebellious, having emotional problems, or being a problem child, as well as the misunderstanding that a single parent is an incompetent parent. Introduction Single parent households are not a contingency of the United States. The plague tends to be growing rapidly around the world. There are at least three million single parents in the Philippines, or 4 percent of the country's total 76.5-million population as of 2000, based on statistics collated from various official sources. That means there is a single parent in every group of 25 people, or in practically every medium-size office, or in every three or four households in a village. Assuming that every single parent has at least one child that brings to at least six million the number of citizens who may experience various degrees of prejudice because of their status. Based on the 1995 surveys of the National Census and Statistics Office (NCSO), there were 2.28 million Filipinos who were either widowed or separated from their spouses. The NCSO surveys do not show if those registered as single have children or may have regained their status after an annulled marriage. According to estimates by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), there were almost 500,000 unwed mothers as of 1997. Cooke (2009)

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