IMPACT OF SINGLE PARENTHOOD ON THE ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE OF CHILDREN

The family is regarded as the most basic unit of socialization and the socialization of children is highly dependent on it.  The role of the father and mother in bringing up children are complementary.  However, one of the parents is usually not present in the single parent family.  Life in single parent family can be extremely stressful, in both economic and emotional terms.  The most problematic factor hindering the proper upbringing of children of single parents is the inadequate financial position of single parents leading to problems of malnutrition and inability to pay fees for the proper education of the child.  The single parent has greater difficulty in providing the needed discipline for the proper upbringing of the child.  In the light of these, non governmental organizations and governments should endeavour to make adequate room for social welfare programmes to cover for the deficiencies of single parents.  
 

Author(s)
Mrs. Tracy B.E. Omorogiuwa
Dr. Kingsley .O. Omorogiuwa
Faculty/Institute/Centre