Literature Review. Lilian Bodunrin “The Effects of a Single-Parent Home on an African American Child’s Education” Texas Tech University . Introduction.
“The Effects of a Single-Parent Home on an African American Child’s Education”
Texas Tech University
“The purpose of this literature review is to explore the research scholars have presented in regards to African American children in single parent homes and education. Though current scholars suggest that African American children experience more obstacles in school due to low socioeconomic status (SES) and lack of parent involvement, the effects of the absence of a parent on academic progress has yet to be explored efficiently.”
Synthesis: Both articles (“Effects of Stress and Social Supports on Mother-Child Interactions in Single- and Two-Parent Families,” by Marsha Weinraub and Barbara M. Wolf and Effects of Parent’s Gender, Child’s Gender, and Parental Involvement on the Academic Achievement of Adolescents in Single Parent Families,” by San Ming Lee et al.) establish a stand that children from single parent homes suffer more hardships in their ability to succeed in school due to their parents’ position. They provide credible information that proposes the weaknesses of single parent headed homes concerning children and education.
Synthesis: In the article, “African American Single mothers and Children in Context: A Review of Studies on Risk and Resilience,”, the authors explore the African American single parent home and child development. The authors Velma McBride et al. examine the impact of the surrounding environment on family functioning and child outcomes (133). This point was also made in the article presented previously by Weinraub and Wolf. Therefore, studies agree that economic hardship disturb the stability of a household and more importantly, affect African American children’s academic advancement.
Synthesis: Comparable to the research of authors McBride et al, McGroder provides solid evidence that similarly expresses the influence of African American single parent homes on child education; attributable to factors such as low economic status.
Synthesis: Nevertheless, the studies from authors such as McGroder differ because this study states that “many children develop self-regulatory competence and display few externalizing and internalizing problems despite their exposure to family or classroom environments that do not promote competence” (Brody et al. 276). This disputes the assumption that children who live in these circumstances are unable to perform adequately in school.