Special Treatment Problems with the One-Parent Family

  • Harl H. Young
  • Bonnie M. Ruth


In America in the early 1970s, one out of every six children lived in a one-parent family (Bronfenbrenner, 1976). The divorce rate continues to spiral, with many urban center officials estimating that as many as one out of two marriages fail. With the coming of the women’s movement, more and more women are choosing to have children outside of marriage. Men more frequently are seeking child custody. Women are entering the work force in greater numbers. There seems little question that the one-parent family is increasing at a sizable and accelerating rate. Death, more or less permanent separation, lengthy temporary work assignments in foreign countries, and parental abandonment are additional contributing reasons for greater numbers of one-parent families.


Family Therapy Family Treatment Alcoholic Anonymous Child Custody Absent Parent 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harl H. Young
    • 1
  • Bonnie M. Ruth
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Professional PsychologyUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Lakewood Medical CenterBonnie Ruth and Associates, Ltd.LakewoodUSA

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