Child Development and the Changing Society
A look at child development in the modern world.
A look at the changes in families such as divorce and one-parent families and how these may impact children’s development. The author looks at the effects of such changes on the normal functioning and emotional development of the child.
The American family is in a state of crisis and change. The traditional image of the father, who is the sole bread-winner and the mother, who stays home to raise the children and run the house, has been shattered by drastic changes in family structure over the past generation. Today, 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. Two-thirds of mothers with school age children work outside the home. And 70 percent of all children spend part of their childhood in a single parent home. Some changes, like greater equality in the home and in the workplace, are welcome. Yet, many of the changes add new stresses to family life threaten healthy child development. (Melvin, 1997).