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 states that children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones.NPR:
As more and more U.S. couples decide to have children without first getting married, a group of 18 family scholars is sounding an alarm about the impact this may have on those children.
In a new report out on Tuesday, they 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.
The study is put out by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, groups whose missions include strengthening marriage and family life. It suggests a shift in focus is needed away from the children of divorce, which has long been a preoccupying concern for such scholars.
Brad Wilcox, a report co-author and head of the National Marriage Project, says divorce rates have steadily dropped since their peak in 1979-80, while rates of out-of-wedlock childbearing have soared. Forty-one percent of all births are now to unwed mothers, many of them living with — but not married to — the child's father....another recent study finds that a quarter of American women with multiple children conceived them with more than one man. Psychologist John Gottman, a co-author of Tuesday's report, says that kind of instability can have a negative impact on kids in all kinds of ways.
"Both in externalizing disorders, more aggression," Gottman says, "and internalizing disorders, more depression. Children of cohabiting couples are at greater risk than children of married couples."
WE CAN THANK THE LEFT FOR UN-STIGMATIZING THE UN-MARRIED PARENT.
THEY'VE NORMALIZED WHAT WAS ONCE UNIVERSALLY SEEN AS THE DEVIANT, AND NOW WE ARE SEEING THE RESULTS:
CHILDREN WITH BIG ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS.
LEFTISM: IT'S BAD FOR THE CHILDREN.
WE NEED TO ERADICATE LEFTISM FOR THE CHILDREN.