Voting General There are million unmarried people over age 18 in the U.
Share A rare shot of the unaired episode with Snuffy's dad actually the Snuffy puppet; Snuffy and his dad never appeared in a scene togetherAlice, and Mommy Snuffleupagus.
Over the years, Sesame Street storylines have tackled such varied life issues as deathadoptionmarriageand birthoften inspired by national statistics or events within the circle of the show's own cast and crew.
Inthe subject Single parents and poverty statistics divorce was the big project of the season. Contents [ show ] Tackling Divorce The decision to tackle the issue of divorce was a weighty one for the Children's Television Workshopand the idea had a long gestation period.
My two projects for this year are drugs and divorce.
Divorce is a difficult one. Perhaps we could do it with puppets. I am also writing a script on drugs and peer pressure. In fact, inexecutive producer Dulcy Singer initially vetoed it.
Singer was concerned with tackling more complex social matters, but also wanted to primarily emphasize issues affecting lower socio-economic groups, returning to the show's original target audience of inner city and financially disadvantaged families.
She opposed the idea, claiming that "Divorce is a middle-class thing," instead preferring a story illustrating a single-parent family, with the child born out of wedlock with an absent father. Choosing an Approach Mommy Snuffleupagus with Alice.
The topic of divorce would not be ignored, however, and it was discussed again the following year. The decision was affected by Census Bureau statistics, revealing that 40 percent of all children in the United Statesnot just the middle classes, would soon live in divorced households.
Jerry Nelson noted that "Now we delve into things like divorce that are likely to affect small children very heavily. We didn't touch those things before.
Producer-director Lisa Simon publicly reported on the difficulties: It always takes us a while to figure out how to do an issue appropriately, from a child's point of view With puppets, it's slightly less frightening The kids have somebody to identify with.
They see the puppet characters have feelings and work through a difficult issue many of them will have to face. They knew they couldn't do it with either of our married couples - Gordon and Susan or Maria and Luis - so they tried it with Snuffleupagus, writing a show about his parents getting divorced.
They wrote a whole show and taped it, and it was just devastating for test groups of kids. So they just threw the whole thing in the garbage and never tried it again. It was just too difficult a concept for a 3-year-old. The tentatively scheduled airdate for the broadcast was April 10, The episode, intended as"Snuffy's Parents Get a Divorce," was written by Norman Stileswho had previously tackled the issue of Mr.
Hooper's death, and the script was subject to scrutiny by the advisory board and developmental psychologists.
The board suggested that the script more heavily emphasize the fact that arguments do not automatically mean divorce. The script was revised, the story was taped, and the completed episode screened before a test audience of 60 children. Dulcy Singer still had her doubts: When you're dealing with something like death, the approach can be universal.
But with divorce, it's so personal. Or that they don't love each other anymore.63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes (US Dept.
Of Health/Census) – 5 times the average. 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes – 32 times the average.
The family structure of African-Americans has long been a matter of national public policy interest. A report by Daniel Patrick Moynihan, known as The Moynihan Report, examined the link between black poverty and family structure. It hypothesized that the destruction of the Black nuclear family structure would hinder further progress toward economic and political equality.
As of , 12 million families in the U.S.
were headed by a single parent, the majority of which (80%) were single mothers. Nearly, 40% lived in poverty. Nearly five million people in Canada – that’s one out of every seven individuals – currently live in poverty.
Poverty is a widespread issue across the country and the world, but vulnerable groups such as people living with disabilities, single parents, elderly individuals, youth, . Latest research and findings on poverty in the UK and internationally using direct measures of deprivation and social exclusion.
PSE is a major ESRC research project. Chart 1: Marital Status of American Adults (Chart 1 sources: Marital status data for – from U.S. Census Bureau, Historical Abstracts of the United States, Colonial Times to ,Series A .