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single-parent family

Definition of Single-parent Family

(noun) A family headed by an individual, typically used to describe an unmarried parent, due to a divorce or the death of a spouse.

Single-parent Family Pronunciation

Usage Notes

  • Plural: single-parent families
  • Single-parent families occur for a variety of reasons, including choice, death, desertion, and divorce (also called a divorced family).
  • Variant spelling: single parent family.
  • Also called a lone-parent family.

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Works Consulted

Bilton, Tony, Kevin Bonnett, Pip Jones, David Skinner, Michelle Stanworth, and Andrew Webster. 1996. Introductory Sociology. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan.

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Stewart, Paul, and Johan Zaaiman, eds. 2015. Sociology: A Concise South African Introduction. Cape Town: Juta.

Taylor & Francis. (N.d.) Routledge Handbooks Online. (https://www.routledgehandbooks.com/).

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Cite the Definition of Single-parent Family

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “single-parent family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved August 24, 2019 (https://sociologydictionary.org/single-parent-family/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

single-parent family. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/single-parent-family/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “single-parent family.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed August 24, 2019. https://sociologydictionary.org/single-parent-family/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“single-parent family.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 24 Aug. 2019. <https://sociologydictionary.org/single-parent-family/>.