Is shacking up bad for the kids?

Tralee Pearce, Toronto Globe and Mail, 8/17/2011

A group of family researchers in the United States is suggesting cohabitation instead of marriage is detrimental for the kids, in a new report out this week. In it, the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values suggest cohabitation has replaced divorce as the great destabilizer. Divorce has dropped to early-1960s rates at about 24 per cent. Forty-two per cent of kids now experience a parental cohabitation by age 12, according to a release on the study... Prof. Wilcox and his colleagues say research "shows the children of cohabiting parents are at risk for a broad range of problems, from trouble in school to psychological stress, physical abuse and poverty," reports NPR.

Subjects: Family, Family structure, Marriage


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