Growing without Growth- Alex Vinciguerra
As of 2015 nearly a quarter of all the children in the United States lived in a single-parent household. In 2015 that amounted to over twenty-two million children. This follows a trend that has been increasing with little sign of stopping for several decades, so you can be sure that number is quite a bit higher today. With my exhibit I show both that this is something society should be concerned about, and should make new attempts to resolve, since current solutions have been shown to provide little effect.
The primary victims of this issue are the children in these households. As their parents attempt to cope with the stress of their combined financial, personal, and parental issues, the children often get caught in the crossfire. As my exhibit will tell you, 13x more children from 0-4 years old are physically abused in single-parent households (either by the parent or new romantic partners) than in biological two-parent households. That is just one of several statistics I list which lead to increased crime, depression, and loneliness later in life. These children themselves will frequently end up single-parents themselves as well, causing the issue to snowball within a couple generations.
Societies today focus on the increased poverty of single-parent households as the primary cause of their ills. Therefore, to solve it they continue to increase welfare output for single-parents. However, steady welfare increases have provided very little improvement in the lives of single-parents and their children. My research leads me to believe that direct community support would be far more beneficial both in helping single-parents now, and helping their children to maintain stronger, healthier relationships in the future.