Date of Defense

Fall 12-2010



First Advisor

Dr. Nicholas Andreadis


When compared to children reared in traditional two-parent households, children who are raised in single-parenthood households tend to have lower levels of educational attainment, including lower rates of high school graduation and lower probabilities of post-secondary school enrollment. This study looks to identify which factors within the single-parent family structure most likely contribute to children's pervasive lower educational attainment (in comparison to children reared in traditional dual parent families). The author discusses several prominent theories as well as identifies several independent factors that have been suggest to contribute to the lower educational attainment. Finally, the author offers a critical analysis of these theories and suggests the use of family systems therapy as an approach to counteracting the negative effects of single-parenthood on children's educational attainment.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only

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