The traditional family of the 50's and 60's is a rare find in the 1980's. The 1980's has been plagued with an increase in the divorce rate and a decrease in the marriage rate, resulting in the increase of single parents, blended families, serial marriages and selective childlessness.

As we move into the 1990's recreation professionals and volunteer agencies need to focus more on the single parents in their offerings. Recreation for the single parent is a rarity therefore, a lot of low cost/no cost recreation goes unexplored because of the stigma attached to single parentness. Thus there is a need for recreation professionals to re-look at and re-think how recreational activities are offered through community-based centers and volunteer agencies.