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Effects of African American Family Structure

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Effects of African American Family Structure on School Attitudes and Performance

In today's world, there is such a big emphasis on education and its

importance.   And there should be an emphasis.   Unfortunately, not everyone

has the same attitude about receiving a good education.   This article

attempts to discuss the attitudes of African American's towards education

when a stable family structure is absent.

Given, not all homes are the Cleaver family, but if a person

really wants an education, they should try to concentrate on just

that-their education.   Parents have a huge responsibility in that if they

have children in a single-parent home, the parents attitude must be

encouraging for the child.   If the parents have a bad attitude or let

their children stay home from school, that is when the children start to

think that they don't have to worry about school, and that's not right.

The article says that socio-economic factors may play a part in

single-family homes.   For example, single-mothers often have lower

incomes, forcing them to move into poorer neighborhoods with inferior

schools.   When the mother has nothing to provide for the children, these

conditions are thought to stifle ambition, lower educational aspirations

and set up barriers to doing well and remaining in school.   Stress is also

mentioned as another possible factor; suggesting that "the trauma of

parental confl!

ict and divorce can have lasting, adverse psychological consequences for

children that reduce their ability to succeed."  

A study was done comparing family structure between whites and

blacks to determine how important of a role family structure plays in

education.   Not to my surprise, most of the percentages were higher among

whites, but not by very much in any category.   More single mothers who


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