"In many Western industrialized societies, the one-parent family is becoming more common and tolerated (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1999)." However they often have not proven to be successful."Since 1970, the percentage of children living with single parents has doubled, from 12 to 27 percent, because of the increases in the divorce rate and the number of unmarried parents.Single parent families now include more than 18 million children and comprise the most common non-nuclear family (Meurer, Meurer, & Holloway,1996)." This is a startling statistic considering the fact that crime and poverty is directly related to children who are raised by teenage parents.Children from homes run by teenage mothers have to face almost insurmountable obstacles in life.The incidents of depression and mental health problems, the lack of father figures, and the high rate of poverty often connected to children in homes run by teenage mothers put them at serious disadvantages when compared to children raised in nuclear families.
The mother is ultimately left alone to juggle the task of raising the children and earning all or most of the family income needed to support them.
Many children also suffer from various social difficulties and self-esteem problems that come along with living in a one-parent household.
The pressure that children raised by teenage parents go through is tremendous.
It seems unfair that these children have to suffer for the mistakes of their parents.
Children raised by teenage parents are brought into a highly competitive world where they start life at a handicap.