Children born to married parents fare better

LEADING SOCIOLOGIST STUNNED TO DISCOVER NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF DIVORCE

Dear Marriage supporter

Children “born to unmarried parents are disadvantaged relative to children born to married parents”.

Not our words but those of a leading sociologist’s research highlighted by the BBC this week.

Professor Sara McLanahan, who pioneered the US Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, explained: “I had been taught as a sociologist that there were no negative consequences of divorce or single parenthood”.

But after looking closely at ‘all the data she could find’, she discovered “over and over again” that there were negative consequences.

This was “not at all what my original intention was”, she added.

Prof McLanahan’s research, first published in 2010, states: “Children born to unmarried parents do not fare as well as children born to married parents.”

This is one of the reasons why we fight for marriage: children do best with parents who are married. And they deserve adults who stand up for them.

Politicians try to weaken the institution, media pundits denigrate it, but we must be its advocate.

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Yours sincerely

Colin Hart
Chairman
Coalition for Marriage (C4M)

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