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Single Parenthood

  1. Michael S. Nystul,
  2. Esther L. Devall

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0874

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Nystul, M. S. and Devall, E. L. 2010. Single Parenthood. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. New Mexico State University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Rawlings and Saluter (1995) noted that single parenthood results when a parent divorces (57%), when a child's parents are not married (33%), or a parent becomes widowed (6%). The number of single-parent families in the United States has increased from 9% of the general population in 1960 to 28% in 1990 and is expected to increase in relation to two-parent families in the twenty-first century. Research on single parenthood has tended to focus on the impact on children, impact on parents, and the impact on the parent–child relationship.


  • single parenting;
  • postdivorce paternal/maternal involvement