Is Marriage Important for Children?

Ben Hillyer, Natchez Democrat, 8/19/2011

More and more couples these days decide to have children without first getting married, a report from the the Institute for American Values reported Tuesday. According to the report, American children are now more likely to have parents who have never married than parents who are divorced... The report discovered that children living with two unmarried parents are as likely to experience problems as children living with single parents. Children in cohabiting families perform worse in school and are less psychologically healthy than children of married parents, the study reports. Rates of child abuse are lowest in families with two married biological parents, and highest when there is an unmarried unrelated partner in the home.

Subjects: Family, Family structure, Marriage


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