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Old December 9th, 2012, 04:00 AM   #1
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Single Parent Families and Poverty


In the US, the number of children born out of wedlock and living in poverty are pretty extreme. Here is a link.

Single-parent families with related children that are below poverty - Data Across States - KIDS COUNT Data Center

If the number 37% is accurate, that means children are almost twice as likely to live in poverty if they do not have a father in their life.

I remember seeing a documentary about a city in Europe, Helsinki I believe, where the number of children born out of wedlock was perhaps 40%, yet I do not think the poverty level was so high there. What is the relationship between poverty and single parent families? Is the situation different in other countries?
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:49 AM   #2

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US population's increased by 2/3 (188 million to 310 million) since the early 60s. The number of households, driven to an extent by single parents supported by government payments, has increased by about 110% (55 million to 118 million). So our general goal of increasing household income is constantly frustrated by the creation of new households that wouldn't have existed 50 years ago, and that were often created only because of the availability of government support.
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I remember the days when most American families had one wage-earner, and that was enough to support the family. Nowadays, a family requires two wage-earners to live the same lifestyle they used to be able to with one. Our standard of living has plummeted, and nobody seems to notice...
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US population's increased by 2/3 (188 million to 310 million) since the early 60s. The number of households, driven to an extent by single parents supported by government payments, has increased by about 110% (55 million to 118 million). So our general goal of increasing household income is constantly frustrated by the creation of new households that wouldn't have existed 50 years ago, and that were often created only because of the availability of government support.
We appear to be making the problem worse, but at the same time technology makes most of our lives easier. Why does it seem different in Europe, are the fathers there a real part of the family, while in the US they are not?
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It does sound so Doris Day-Donna Reed-Hugh Beaumont sweet thinking back to the
days of a dad heading off to work and the mother running the household.
I don't know how old some of the members are, but, it sure seems that we just assumed
that's how life was supposed to be and here we are today. Even our friends all had
mom-dad houses.
Maybe its just the world I function within, but all of my students come from two parent
homes or at best, half have stay-at-home moms. Good rounded points Rongo & Rory.
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I remember the days when most American families had one wage-earner, and that was enough to support the family. Nowadays, a family requires two wage-earners to live the same lifestyle they used to be able to with one. Our standard of living has plummeted, and nobody seems to notice...
It seems that women were tricked into working compared to the older days. All they did was make the husband and the wife work for the wages that the husband would have made alone before.
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In the UK, single-parent families are twice as likely to be living in poverty as two-parent families.
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In the UK, single-parent families are twice as likely to be living in poverty as two-parent families.
Twice seems an important number. Twice the number of parents, twice the amount of wealth.
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It is simple cause and effect, many one-parent families result from poorly educated women having children whom they are unable to support, and having to live on welfare, or work part-time in ill-paid jobs. They are bound to be living on very limited means ('poverty' is a relative term). Increasing welfare payments doesn't help much, and isn't practical in any case in the present economic circumstances; indeed, the problem is partly a result of the availabilty of welfare, which saves people from having to take responsibility for their own actions.
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Poverty in britain


Here in the uk its becoming to be abit of a struggle to make ends meat. Mp david cameron has turned so many peoples home lives upside down as far as financial income is concerned for familys in the uk. Not just for people claiming social benefits but also for working familys. In actual fact it is coming to the point where working parents are having to depend on food banks from the local churches just to feed their familys,parents are skipping meals just to make feed their children . What strikes me is we are one of the ritchest countries in the world and i think it is a disgrace how much poverty is kicking into peoples lives because of one man.
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