A detrimental effect of the destruction of the family unit is poverty. In the United States in 2009, the poverty rate for children in married families was 11%. By contrast, the poverty rate for children in female-headed families was 44%. The changes in family composition between these two poverty rates is striking.
The number of single-parent families has increased. Higher and higher numbers of children live in single-parent families in which they are four times as likely to live in poverty and all that goes with it. Dr. Sara McLanahan, in Psychology Today, research has lead to disturbing conclusions for children in single-parent families. “Children from single-parent families school drop-out rate is twice as high as rate for children in two-parent families. Children in one-parent families have lower grade point averages and poorer school attendance records. As adults, they are less likely to graduate from college and more likely to become single parents themselves.”
Escape from poverty?
Thomas Sowell, an econmist at Stanford University, addresses the issue of escaping poverty in his article Poor Too Often Led The Wrong Way To Escape Poverty
The family issue is vital.
Where there is no father in the home, as too often is the case, adolescent boys may choose as models irresponsible people in the world of entertainment or even in the world of crime.
Then there are the messiahs with a message.
The most popular of these messages seems to be that all your problems are due to other people — people who the messiahs will help fight, in exchange for your loyalty, your money or your votes.
The path out of poverty is not rocket science. Get an education, work, get married before having children. The path seems simple but young people are not being told that.
Some think they are doing young people in poverty a favor when they help promote the idea that their problems are caused by other people rather than by knowledge and skills that they lack, but could acquire, if they put their minds to it and stayed with.
Some of the well-meaning people think that promoting young people’s “self-esteem” and being “nonjudgmental” is the way to go.
Some even make excuses for them, either explicitly or implicitly, by using such words as “troubled youths” or “at risk” young people.
He concludes with, “There are no magic solutions, at least none that I know of. Common sense, common decency, work and honesty are about all I can come up with.”