Family factors, self-esteem, peer involvement, and adolescent alcohol misuse
Curry, Lynn E.
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Since the 1960s, there has been an increase in the number of single-parent families resulting, in part, from the rise in divorce (Simons, 1996). It is widely believed that the nuclear family stmcture is best for optimal child development and any deviation from that environment could only prove detrimental for the children involved (Amato & Keith, 1991a; Kitson & Holmes, 1992; Simons, 1996). Studies support that behef and indicate that children from divorced families demonstrate more problem behavior and lower psychological well-being than children from two parent families (Hetherington, 1989). This study examines national data regarding these issues to compare single parent with two parent families.