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"Only child" households on the rise

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Couples having only one child is quickly becoming the 'new normal' in American life, according to recent studies and Census figures.

Focus @ 4's Marissa Mitchell is taking a look into the phenomenon. Mitchell speaks with two Samford University family and child experts who say health, economic and cultural issues could contribute to a couple's decision to have only one child. Family studies professor and author Clara Gerhardt says another possible factor is women's decisions to have children later.

So, what are the pros and cons of raising only child? What are short-term and long-term effects can that dynamic have on a family? Each individual?

Mitchell explores various answers to this through expert knowledge as well as local parents.  

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