Effects of single parenthood in the education of children: a case study of Karemo Division, Siaya County,

Thumbnail Image
Journal Title
Journal ISSN
Volume Title
Kampala International University, College/School of Education
The recent rapid increase in divorce, along with its distinctive cultural and welfare environments for single-parent families, makes Kenya an interesting case for examining effects of single parenthood on children’s education. Using data from the questionnaires distributed I compared the levels of educational aspiration and student disengagement between students with two parents and those with a single parent, distinguishing divorced single fathers, widowed single fathers, divorced single mothers, and widowed single mothers. Logistic regression analysis show that students with a divorced single parent, regardless of gender of the parent, are much less likely to aspire to four-year university education and more likely to be disengaged than their counterparts with two parents. The effects of widowhood disappear once control variables are held constant. Lower household income among single-parent families explains in part the poorer educational outcomes of their children. Parent-child interaction is another important mediating factor for the effect of single fatherhood but not for single motherhood. The relevance of the extended family system and distinctive features of post-divorce living arrangements in Kenya is discussed to understand the effects of single parenthood.
A research report submitted to the college of education, open and distance learning in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of the Degree of Bachelor of Education in early childhood Primary Education of Kampala International University
Single parenthood, Education