Family Structure Matters For Children: Scientists

by W. Bradford Wilcox for National Review Online has a story on three new pieces of scholarship — a journal, a report, and a study — were released this month that solidify the growing scientific consensus that marriage and family structure matter for children, families, and the nation as a whole.

One report is: On October 14, Princeton University and Brookings released a new issue of The Future of Children, focused on marriage and child well-being. After reviewing family research over the last decade, the issue’s big takeaway, co-authored by Princeton sociologist Sara McLanahan and Brookings economist Isabel Sawhill, was this: Whereas most scholars now agree that children raised by two biological parents in a stable marriage do better than children in other family forms across a wide range of outcomes, there is less consensus about why. Is it the quality of parenting? Is it the availability of additional resources (time and money)?

In other words, although scholars are not exactly sure why marriage matters for children, they know that marriage does matter for them.

FOR THE REST OF THE STORY: Family Structure Matters | National Review Online

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