More Unwed Parents Live Together, Report Finds

Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, 8/16/2011

The number of Americans who have children and live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970, according to a report released Tuesday. The report was published by the National Marriage Project, an initiative at the University of Virginia, and the Institute for American Values, two partisan groups that advocate for strengthening the institution of marriage. The report argues that the rise of cohabitation is a growing risk for children, and that their lives are less stable in such families... "There's a two-family model emerging in American life," said W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project and an associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia. "The educated and affluent enjoy relatively strong, stable families. Everyone else is more likely to be consigned to unstable, unworkable ones." Cohabiting parents, Mr. Wilcox said, are more than twice as likely to break up as parents who are married.

Subjects: Marriage, Family structure, Family


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