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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development


The purpose of this paper is to examine this important social change - the single-parent family and focus on its effect on the achievement of the child in the family in his role as a student. Dealing specifically with fifth-grade students, a description of their physical, social and emotional characteristics will be included, as well as the symptoms, related causes and a definition of stress. Some children have developed mechanisms for dealing with stress, those mechanisms will be described. Intervention techniques will also be included and a statistical study comparing the California Achievement Test raw scores in reading, math and total battery of thirty, two-parent and twenty-nine single-parent fifth grade students will be included.

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