Human Nature 1 (2):109-122 (1990)

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As recently as 1970 about one-fifth of the children living in single-parent households resided in ones created by the death of a father. In colonial and nineteenth-century America, death was a much more important factor in disrupting parent-child relationships than it is today. Past societal reaction to the death of a parent continues to influence social policy; for example, widows and their dependent children receive more public assistance than divorced mothers or single mothers with children born out-of-wedlock. Although the material conditions for widows have improved over time, the social network available to help them cope with the emotional distress caused by the death of a husband probably has diminished
Keywords Death  Widows  Single-parenthood  Children  Welfare
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DOI 10.1007/BF02692148
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