|MadSci Network: Neuroscience|
Unfortunately, there is not a scientific answer to your question. In the United States, there are many single parents. Some are women who chose to have children out of wedlock, others are men and women whose partners either left them or died. I have seen excellent single parents and horrible single parents. I have also seen excellent married parents and horrible married parents. Whether a parent is a good parent has nothing to do with whether the parent is married. For your specific questions: Is single parenthood beneficial to society? If the person (could be either a man or a woman, really) is a good parent, then it is beneficial to society. If the person is a bad parent, I guess not. Would the child be mentally stable in the future? The answer is the same as if the child had two parents: If the child has good role models, including the parent, aunts and uncles, teachers and other community members, the child is more likely to be mentally stable. If the child has bad role models, the child is less likely to be mentally stable. In the future, would the mother be scorned upon? In the US, years ago, single parents would be, yes. Today, the answer is either only a little bit if at all. In most places, I believe, parents whose spouses died are not scorned upon at all. In the US, parents whose partners left them are not scorned upon either. But in other places they are. And mothers who have babies out of wedlock are scorned upon a little bit. So the answer to your question depends upon where you live. Science has little to say about whether single parenting is right or wrong. It is really a value judgement. The answer to the question has a lot to do with which society in which one lives, the ability of the parent to care for a child by herself (or himself), and how the community is set up to care for single parents and their kids.
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