Single-Parenting in the 21st Century: Perceptions, Issues and Implications

Thomas K. Babalis (Editor)
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Yota P. Xanthacou (Editor)
University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Maria A. Kaila (Editor)
Chairman, Primary Education Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A.), GreeceProfessor in Educational Psychology, University of the Aegean, Rhodes, Greece

Series: Family Issues in the 21st Century
BISAC: FAM034010

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Single-Parenting in the 21st Century: Perceptions, Issues and Implications explores and illuminates the landscape of single-parenting in the twenty-first century, during which a great number of individuals have begun parenting on their own. Nationally and internationally recognized experts apply their multiple years of experience as researchers and offer the most complete handbook available to exploring the uncharted waters of single-parenting in the twenty-firstt century. The volume provides in-depth answers to important questions, such as: Does being a single parent effect physical and mental health? What is the economic status of single-mother and single-father families? Is the psychosocial adjustment, school performance and behavior of single-parent students related to nuclear family children? With these questions in mind, the chapters are classified into three categories: a) Single-Parenting and Health; b) Single-Parenting and Economic Disadvantage; and c) Single-Parenting and Education. Globalization, demographic shifts, economic, cultural, social and moral crisis, and changing trends in the labor sector all signify the distinctiveness of the current moment with regards to family patterns. This one-of-a-kind book promotes a world-view, a perspective of the multiple effects of single-parenting both on parents as well as children and presents the most recent research data on the complex issues surrounding single-parenthood. Written with clarity and candor by worldwide researchers and experts, Single-Parenting in the 21st Century: Perceptions, Issues and Implications is an essential read for teachers, parents, administrators and policymakers at all levels.

Preface

Chapter 1. A Microsimulation Model of Teenage Pregnancy and Childbearing
(Quentin C. Karpilow and Adam T. Thomas, Child Trends, Bethesda, MD, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Does Being a Single Parent Effect Physical and Mental Health? Looking for Answers in the Literature and through the Results of the European Social Survey
(Csilla T. Csoboth, MD, PhD and Eva Susanszky, PhD, Former Employee of Semmelweis University, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, and others)

Chapter 3. The Mental Health of Single-Parent Families in Relation to Psychological, Societal and Financial Parameters
(Ioanna Theodoritsi, Niki Daliana and Alexandros-Stamatios Antoniou, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 4. Economic Disadvantage and the Prevalence of Single-Mother and Single-Father Families: The Intricate Links of Youth Crime
(Siu Kwong Wong, Department of Sociology, Brandon University, Manitoba, Canada)

Chapter 5. Single Parenthood and Career-Related Issues
(Alexandros-Stamatios Antoniou and Nikos Drosos, Primary Education Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece, and others)

Chapter 6. Psychosocial Dimensions of Single Parenting in Greece: Reality and Prospects
(Thomas K. Babalis, Konstantina Tsoli and Foteini Kirkigianni, Primary Education Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 7. Single-Parent Families: School Behavioral Problems and School Interventions
(Maria Gioumouki, Despina Smaili, Alexandros-Stamatios Antoniou and Thomas K. Babalis, Primary Education Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece)

Chapter 8. The Psychosocial Adjustment and School Performance of Children: A Comparative Study on Students of Nuclear and Single-Parent Families
(Thomas K. Babalis, Primary Education Department, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Grrece)

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About the Editors

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