Focus on Single-Parent Families
Past, Present, and Future
by Annice D. Yarber and Paul M. Sharp, Editors
February 2010, 298pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-37950-5
$95, £74, 83€, A131
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The single-parent family is the fastest growing family type in the United States today. In fact, single-parent families now outnumber two-parent families. But within that category, there is a surprising range of diversity, with father-headed households undergoing a particularly dramatic rise in number.

A groundbreaking collection of writings on the growing phenomenon of single-parent families in the United States, and how it impacts society as a whole.

Focus on Single-Parent Families: Past, Present, and Future brings together in one volume a range of cutting-edge research articles and essays on what has become the most dynamic change in family structure in U.S. history. It is the only resource to make the most insightful and important work being done on the single-parent family phenomena accessible to general readers.

Focus on Single-Parent Families helps readers go beyond the stereotypes and look closely at the complexity of families with one parent and consider their place in society. It encompasses the wide variety of households with a single parent—a family structure that promises to continue to grow and diversify. Throughout, the book gauges the impact of the increasing number of single-parent families on the nation as a whole, particularly in regard to policies concerning family welfare, children’s services and health care, schools, and other essential social institutions.


  • 30 expert contributors—all highly accomplished experts—address a variety of issues related to the growing number of single-parent families in the United States
  • Bibliographic listings of references and additional readings conclude each chapter
  • Offers a complete index
Annice D. Yarber is associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology at Auburn University at Montgomery, AL. Yarber teaches and conducts research in the areas of medical sociology and family.

Paul M. Sharp is professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology at Auburn University at Montgomery, AL. Sharp has taught, conducted research, and published in a wide array of areas in the field of sociology with special emphasis on crime, youth violence, and public policy.
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