Academic achievement of children in single father families

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dc.contributor.advisor Pellerin, Lisa A. en_US Klein, Abby E. en_US 2011-06-03T19:39:49Z 2011-06-03T19:39:49Z 2003 en_US 2003
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2003 .K54 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper uses the National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88) to compare academic achievement of children in two-parent, single mother and single father families. Academic achievement is measured by a math and reading composite score from a standardized achievement test. Ordinary least squares (OLS) regression models are used to test three competing theories of children's academic achievement: economic theory, individualistic perspective of gender and evolutionary parental investment theory. Findings do not support the evolutionary parental investment theory. The economic theory, which states that single fathers are more capable of offering economic resources to their children compared to single mothers, is supported. This economic advantage of children in single father families allows children in this family type to achieve at the same level as (keep up with) children in single mother families. The individual perspective of gender, which states that children in single mother families fare better because women fulfill the caregiver and homemaker roles, is supported by this study. It is also possible that other factors play a role in differing levels of academic achievement between children in different family types.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Sociology
dc.format.extent v, 52 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Children of single parents -- Education. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Single-parent families. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Single fathers. en_US
dc.title Academic achievement of children in single father families en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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