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Single parents : a reference handbook
Kinnear, Karen L.
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Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, [1999]

Physical Description:
xv, 263 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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HQ759.915 .K56 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Single Parents offers an overview of this growing phenomenon, the problems faced by single-parent families, and their impact on society.

* Lists numerous resources such as federal government programs, private and public organizations, films and videos, and information on the Internet

Author Notes

Karen L. Kinnear holds an M.A. in sociology and is a professional researcher, editor, and writer.

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Booklist Review

More titles in the Contemporary World Issues series, providing useful background information for researchers at the high-school level and up.

Library Journal Review

Kinnear, the author of four previous books in ABC-CLIO's "Contemporary World Issues" series (e.g., Women in the Third World, LJ 1/98), here presents a book whose purpose is "to provide a survey of the available literature and other resources on the topic of single parenthood and to provide sources for further research." Following the series format, the seven chapters provide a hodgepodge of information relating to single parents. The introductory review includes about a page of information each on such topics as financial problems, domestic violence, and welfare mothers. A 20-page chronology of events primarily covers the last few decades. Brief biographical sketches of people like Jane Mattes, a psychotherapist and single mother, and Geoffrey Grief, who has published numerous articles on single parents, are marginally interesting but not particularly relevant. The "Facts and Statistics" section provides fairly limited statistics but does set them in historical context and includes summaries of Supreme Court decisions relevant to single-parent families. An annotated directory of private and public organizations that work with single parents includes the addresses for organizational web sites. The final section of the book consists of annotated bibliographies of print sources, videos, and Internet resources. Kinnear is careful to consider issues of relevance to single fathers as well as single mothers, but only a few brief sections explicitly cover areas outside the United States. The directory and bibliographies may be useful to high school students and undergraduates conducting beginning research, but much of the information can be gathered with little effort from library catalogs, periodical indexes, and Internet search engines. Only for libraries that want to maintain the entire series.ÄKathleen Collins, Arizona State Univ. West Lib., Phoenix (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xiii
1 Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Definition of Familyp. 2
Becoming a Single Parentp. 4
Unplanned Pregnancyp. 4
Divorcep. 4
Death of a Spousep. 6
Single Parents by Choicep. 7
Older Womenp. 8
Men versus Women as Single Parentsp. 10
Single Fathersp. 12
Single-Mother Families and Povertyp. 15
Challenges Facing Single-Parent Familiesp. 17
Societal Attitudes toward Single Parentsp. 18
Financial Problemsp. 19
Employmentp. 21
Child Carep. 21
Health Carep. 22
Housingp. 23
Homelessness among Single-Parent Familiesp. 24
Domestic Violencep. 26
The Legal System and Single Parentsp. 27
Custodyp. 27
Child Supportp. 29
Adoptionp. 34
Contemporary Concerns Regarding Single Parentsp. 35
Increasing Number of Single Parentsp. 36
Father Absencep. 37
Moral Issuesp. 38
Welfare Mothersp. 39
Teenage Pregnancy and Motherhoodp. 46
Gay and Lesbian Parentsp. 50
Effect on Childrenp. 52
Single Parents in Other Countriesp. 57
Sources of Research Datap. 61
Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID)p. 61
National Longitudinal Survey of Young Men and Women (NLSY)p. 62
High School and Beyond Studyp. 62
National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH)p. 62
Referencesp. 62
2 Chronologyp. 75
3 Biographical Sketchesp. 95
4 Facts and Statisticsp. 113
Increasing Numbers of Single-Parent Familiesp. 113
Children Living in Single-Parent Familiesp. 115
Becoming a Single Parentp. 117
Unmarried Mothersp. 117
Divorcep. 118
Single Fathersp. 118
Single Parents and Povertyp. 119
Economic Statusp. 120
Employmentp. 121
Father Absencep. 122
Teenage Pregnancyp. 122
Welfarep. 124
Homelessness among Single-Parent Familiesp. 125
The Federal Government and Single Parentsp. 126
The Legal System and Single Parentsp. 131
Paternityp. 132
Child Supportp. 133
Adoptionp. 135
International Experiences of Single-Parent Familiesp. 136
Supreme Court Decisionsp. 141
Glona v. American Guarantee and Liability Insurance Companyp. 141
King v. Smithp. 141
Levy v. Louisianap. 142
Shapiro v. Thompsonp. 143
Dandridge v. Williamsp. 143
Wyman v. Jamesp. 144
Stanley v. Illinoisp. 145
Gomez v. Perezp. 145
Carey v. Population Services Internationalp. 146
Quilloin v. Walcottp. 146
Caban v. Mohammedp. 147
Califano v. Westcottp. 148
Parham v. Hughesp. 148
Mills v. Habluetzelp. 149
Lehr v. Robertsonp. 150
Palmore v. Sidotip. 150
Rivera v. Minnichp. 151
Clark v. Jeterp. 151
Thompson v. Thompsonp. 152
Blessing v. Freestonep. 152
The Future of Single-Parent Familiesp. 153
Referencesp. 158
5 Directory of Organizationsp. 163
6 Selected Print Resourcesp. 187
Booksp. 187
Journal Articlesp. 219
7 Selected Nonprint Resourcesp. 233
Video Resourcesp. 233
Internet Resourcesp. 243
Indexp. 255