SATURDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthDay News) -- Family stability -- regardless of whether it's a one- or two-parent household -- may help a child succeed in school and life, a new study shows.
The findings, by an Ohio State University professor, challenge the conventional wisdom that two-parent households are always best for children. A single parent marrying or moving in with a partner may be as disruptive to a child as a divorce, the author suggests.
"Based on this study, we can't say for sure that marriage will be a good thing for the children of single mothers, particularly if that marriage is unhealthy and does not last," Claire Kamp Dush, an assistant professor of human development and family science at Ohio State, said in a university news release.
Answer by PsWifey at 4:48 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
Answer by LyTe684 at 4:49 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
Both of my adult children were well nurtured, nurished (both physically and mentally) and are now proud contributors to our community. They think I did a good job as a single mom who had no support of any kind from their father. It isn't easy, but the things worth doing well are never easy.
I was raised by a single mom too. and myself and my two sisters turned out fine, with loving and stable homes
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Answer by Anonymous at 5:40 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
I suppose it would depend on the definition of stable.
My mother raised us alone from the time I turned 12 and I think we had a somewhat stable home. I can't say if it would have been better had I had both parents there to raise me to adulthood, but it's not like I was given a choice. I turned out responsible though.
Answer by QuinnMae at 5:46 PM on Sep. 5, 2009
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