Fatherless Homes

September 1995
Society;Sep/Oct95, Vol. 32 Issue 6, p2
Academic Journal
This article reports on the increase in the proportion of children being raised by single mothers in the U.S., according to the July 1995 issue of the "American Demographics" periodical. Since 1985, single-mother households have become more common in every state. Fathers are leaving their children in cities, suburbs, and rural areas and the fatherless trend is also increasing among all racial groups. Researcher William O'Hare has found 4,873 neighborhoods, home to 4.5 million children, where single parents make up the majority of families. The 1990 census revealed more than two dozen in the city of Birmingham, Alabama, for example, but the share never goes above 28% Birmingham's more affluent suburban areas. Three quarters of children in the country's fatherless neighborhoods are black, and most of them are also living in poverty.


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