Dispelling the Myth of the ‘Single-Mom Mess’

What a bunch of hog-wash. In an editorial piece titled, “The single-mom mess,” that appeared in the Los Angeles Times’ op-ed section on June 3, Kay Hymowitz quotes from a variety of sources to make her point that single moms are producing inferior citizens.

Yet none of her conclusions are the result of a scientific double-bind study, which is actual comparisons of single-mom-raised children compared against two-parent-raised children with equal variables.

In my book, The Two-Parent Family Is Not The Best, I and two other Ph.D. psychologists conducted a lengthy scientific study comparing four groups, single-mom raised children against those raised by single fathers, those raised by two biological parents, and those by step-parents.

The participants ranged in ages 18 to 83, and were from all geographical areas. The conclusion is that there is no best family configuration to raise children.

There are as many problems in one group as in another. There were some surprising results, one being that in the two-parent family there was more alcoholism and less father care than in the other configurations.

Single parents, whether single moms or single dads, raised more independent children, used to taking responsibility for themselves and the family work-load.

Hymowitz’ children of single moms might have fared none the worse in the qualities she emphasized if they had been accurately compared to specific children in two-parent families.

Without a double-bind, scientific comparison, her declarations are simply biased wishful thinking.

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

One Response to “Dispelling the Myth of the ‘Single-Mom Mess’”

  1. arbara d. Hubbard July 14, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Oh dear June, you are too much. You overwhelm me with your energy and good spirits, not to mention intelligence.Keep it up, Grl, Love, Barbara D.Hubbard