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 //(See [[effects.of.single.parents.on.financial.stability|Effects of Single Parents on Financial Stability]])//​ //(See [[effects.of.single.parents.on.financial.stability|Effects of Single Parents on Financial Stability]])//​
  
-Single parents, and single mothers, in particular, face remarkably difficult economic circumstances. Single mothers have the [[effects_of_family_structure_on_income|lowest median income]] and the lowest net worth of all family structures with children. ​Half of single mothers live in [[effects_of_single_parents_on_poverty_rates|poverty]],​ and an estimated 60 percent [[effects_of_welfare_on_families|rely on government welfare]]. Children of single mothers are at increased likelihood of dependence on welfare benefits during childhood and enjoy less economic mobility than children in married families as adults.+Single parents, and single mothers, in particular, face remarkably difficult economic circumstances. Single mothers have the [[effects_of_family_structure_on_income|lowest median income]]((Julie DaVanzo and M. Omar Rahman, “American Families: Trends and Correlates,​” //​Population Index// 59, no. 3 (1993).)) ​and the lowest net worth((Lingxin Hao, “Family Structure, Private Transfers, and the Economic Well-Being of Families with Children,​” //Social Forces// 75, no. 1 (1996).)) ​of all family structures with children. ​Almost half of single mothers live in [[effects_of_single_parents_on_poverty_rates|poverty]],​((Julie DaVanzo and M. Omar Rahman, “American Families: Trends and Correlates,​” //​Population Index// 59, no. 3 (1993).)) ​and an estimated 60 percent [[effects_of_welfare_on_families|rely on government welfare]].((Neil G. Bennett, David E. Bloom, and Cynthia K. Miller, “The Influence of Nonmarital Childbearing on Formation of First Marriages,​” //​Demography//​ 32, (1995).)) ​Children of single mothers are at increased likelihood of dependence on welfare benefits during childhood and enjoy less economic mobility than children in married families as adults.((Thomas DeLeire and Leonard M. Lopoo, “Family Structure and the Economic Mobility of Children,​” //Economic Mobility Project//, (2010). Available at [[http://​www.economicmobility.org/​assets/​pdfs/​Family_Structure.pdf]].))
  
 Long-term income, wealth and hence poverty are largely a matter of choice in America today—the choice of marriage and the pathways to it. This is not only due to all associated structural correlates, but also is based on the revealed income-earning capacities of the different householders,​ as exemplified by the marriage premium, and on their “home-economics” wealth-management choices, as exemplified by the strong net-worth accrual of the intact married family (especially when controlling for other socio-economic factors). Choice about marriage is mainly a choice about how to handle sexual capacities and [[effects.of.divorce.on.children.s.sexual.activity|sexual relationships]]. Long-term income, wealth and hence poverty are largely a matter of choice in America today—the choice of marriage and the pathways to it. This is not only due to all associated structural correlates, but also is based on the revealed income-earning capacities of the different householders,​ as exemplified by the marriage premium, and on their “home-economics” wealth-management choices, as exemplified by the strong net-worth accrual of the intact married family (especially when controlling for other socio-economic factors). Choice about marriage is mainly a choice about how to handle sexual capacities and [[effects.of.divorce.on.children.s.sexual.activity|sexual relationships]].