An 8 page paper that presents a proposal for a research study. The introduction provides an overview of the topic, e.g., the proportion of out-of-wedlock births and the outcomes for these children. A literature review with data is next followed by the theoretical framework for the study, the hypotheses, data sources and data collection method, independent variables and dependent variable. Data are included. Bibliography includes 10 sources.
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1930s; by the 1990s, that figure almost tripled to 53 percent (National Center for Policy Analysis, 1999). More than half of all infants born to unwed mothers are born out
of wedlock (Halpern, 1999). Research has found that certain and specific family conditions are predictors of a child being referred for special education (Blair and Scott, 2002). These factors
include born out of wedlock, poor or no prenatal care during the first trimester of pregnancy, low birthrate, and maternal education less than twelve years (Blair and Scott, 2002). Any
of these factors acts as a predictor of learning disabilities, in fact, the child is 1.2 to 3.4 times more likely to have a learning disability (Blair and Scott, 2002).
It is also well known that unwed mothers are more likely to be poor. Besharov reported that about half of female-headed families who have minor children have incomes below the
poverty line (1995). There are any number of publicized detrimental effects to the child of an unwed mother, including ongoing poverty, illness, behavioral problems, lower academic performance, potential of child
committing crimes, and perpetuation of the tendency to have children outside of marriage. Despite the vast multimedia coverage of these negative effects, women continue to give birth to children outside
of marriage. There seems to be a general public perception that the overwhelming majority of children born out of wedlock are born to very young mothers who have little
or no education, and who live in poverty themselves prior to having the child. This premise is based on the massive amount of common media coverage of teenage mothers. The
purpose of this study is to determine if first, the perception regarding the demographics of the mother are valid, and second, to determine if the negative effects that are publicized