PATTERNS IN CHILDREN RAISED BY SINGLE PARENTS: A TEACHER VIEW
Keywords:single parenthood, students, socialization, patterns
Introduction: According to European statistics, the number of single-parent families has grown alarmingly. Raising a child alone is not necessarily devastating, but it is not comfortable either (Safta, 2018), numerous studies suggesting emotional, academic, behavioural effects on the child.
Objective: This study examines teachers' observations regarding the behavioural characteristics of children growing up with a single parent (CSP).
Method: 48 secondary school teachers, V-VIII class leaders participated in group discussions to explore aspects of the child's/student's life in the school setting. Qualitative thematic analysis was implemented using a grounded theory framework to identify areas of CSP life that may be affected.
Results: Specific aspects of CSP were identified in the following fields: a) socialization, b) attitude in relationships and towards learning, c) partnership with the family, d) early maturation e) exposure of the child to family conflicts