Document Type



School of Business

Faculty Advisor

Dr. Nate Peach


Traditionally, the family unit consists of a mother, a father, and one or more children. There are many instances throughout the United States where this traditional family structure is not found. One of these situations, the single motherhood situation, occurs when a father figure is absent and the mother has to provide for her children on her own. Could the lack of a father figure in a child’s life cause them to be more likely to break the law and become incarcerated? Is there a causation between a state’s single motherhood rate and their incarceration rate, or are the two merely just correlated? Do a state’s urban percentage, political affiliation, and poverty rate have an impact on incarceration rates? These are the questions that this research study seeks to address.