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A descriptive cross-sectional survey in two urban Local Government Areas in Zaria metropolis was conducted, using a researcher-constructed questionnaire.Data obtained from 270 respondents were analysed descriptively using SPSS 21.0.There are perceived positive and negative effects associated with single parenting.Many respondents advocated for some assistance such as provision of basic needs and free education for single-parent families and children, depending on the cause/route to single parenting.
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It is concluded that single parenting is an increasing social issue, with limited acceptance in the study area.
Strengthening the family institution to reduce contention factors that break intact families should form part of social engineering to forestall negative effects of single parenting.
This is seen as normal by some, and thus offer social support; or as absurd, unacceptable, shameful and thus stigmatized both the lone parents and their children.
How does the Zaria community perceive single parenthood?