Study says that low income can affect good parenting

12 Feb Study says that low income can affect good parenting

Residents of Los Angeles, California, might have read about various studies that have suggested that compared to single parents, married couples take better care of their children when it comes to providing enrichment activities that can have a lasting impact on the child’s emotional and mental health. However, a new study says that family structure does not play a bigger role in good parenting; rather it is income level that is connected with more enriching activity participation. The report by the nonpartisan Council on Contemporary Families suggests that many single parents are not affected much by the fact that they are single, rather they are affected by having only one salary.

The author of the new study stated that single mothers are less likely to take their children to sports practices and she explained the reasons for this. She stated that a single parent has fewer resources compared to married couples. She further stated that the study also found that despite single parents having fewer resources, they work extra hard in order to provide their children beneficial parenting practices.

The United States has a high level of children in poverty, and more than 25 percent of all the children below the age six live in families who fall below the poverty line. The number is higher among single-parent families where as many as 41 percent of children living with only one parent are below the poverty line compared with 14 percent children from married-couple families. The author and other researchers also stated that poverty alleviation could be a way to improve parenting as well as child care policies instead of initiatives that seek to change family structure.

Source:, “Single parent or poverty? Study looks at which affects good parenting most,” Stephanie Hanes, Jan. 28, 2015

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