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Children of single parents more at risk, UVa study finds

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Posted: Saturday, August 11, 2012 6:49 pm

It is not uncommon for a child in today’s society to be raised in a single-parent household, but Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, says that children growing up in such a family structure are more likely to struggle with hardships such as delinquency or teenage pregnancy.

“Most kids who are raised by single parents turn out OK. The flip side of that coin is kids who are raised in single-[parent] families are two to three times more likely to drop out of high school, for instance,” Wilcox said, adding that boys raised in single-parent families are more than twice as likely to be arrested by age 30.

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