Only half of US children are being raised by their married parents

Study: "Students with stably-married parents are more likely to do well in school and less likely to cut classes, repeat grades, be suspended or expelled, or drop out”

The children’s book “Who’s in a Family?” normalizes ‘ non-traditional’ family arrangements.

One in two: that is the current number of children in the U.S. who are being raised by both their married biological parents throughout their childhood.

“This figure is based on the proportion of 17-and-18-year-old high school students who were reported to be living with both their married birth mothers and biological fathers in 2016,” noted a report issued by the Institute for Family Studies.

“The fact that they were still living in such families at the culmination of their schooling means that the vast majority of them grew up in them since birth,” the report continued.

The Feb. 27 report was authored by researchers Nicholas Zill and W. Bradford Wilcox, and published by the Institute of Family Studies. It analyzed data from a survey released by the U.S. Department of Education.

With lower marriage rates in the U.S., declining rates of children living with married parents are not a surprising find for researchers.

However, the study considered the numbers in light of several different factors, particularly including education and race.

“Among high school seniors whose parents or guardians had a college education or more, 64 percent lived with married parents throughout childhood in 2016,” the study noted.

“The more education a woman or man has, the more likely she or he is to get married and stay married when raising children.”

Only 29 percent of children whose parents or guardians had less than a high school education still lived with married parents from their birth through the end of high school.

Race was also examined in the study. Asian-American children were found to be the most stable group, with two-thirds of them living with married parents throughout their childhood. Fifty-eight percent of white children could say the same.

However, less than one-quarter of African-American children experienced a married, two-parent household, and only 45 percent of Hispanic children grew up with married parents. The study noted an additional multiracial group, of which 35 percent experienced a childhood with both married parents.

Overall, 23 percent of children were raised by only their birth mother. Eleven percent were raised by a birth parent and a stepparent. Six percent were raised by their birth father only. And the other 10 percent were mixed between grandparents, foster care, cohabiting birth parents, adoption, and same-sex couples.

The report also highlighted the “abundant evidence” that children fare better when both of their biological, married parents raise them throughout childhood.

“Rich or poor, this is a type of advantage which parents from all social classes can bestow upon their children: the privilege of growing up in a stable, married two-parent family.”

Full story at Catholic News Agency.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    At least 30% of homeless youth are LGB or T. This is a horror that we must work to solve.

    • Anonymous says:

      All homeless youth matter.

    • The point is that children do better when they have married parents, father and mother, one man one woman, raising them! Divorced or never-married parents do a great disservice to their kids in every possible way. This is why traditional marriage matters! Get it?

      • Anonymous says:

        I grew up before divorce was accepted and there were very few divorces (except in Hollywood.) There were lots of problems in families. I do not remember any happy marriages except maybe one (but my parents said they were putting on a show.) I knew a married couple where the husband just adored his wife and did everything for her, but she was not happy in the marriage. Turned out he was making up for 25 years of domestic abuse including an incident that killed an almost-to-term baby.

        • Too bad about you not seeing any happy marriages but it is still the institution instintuted by God as the best to raise children. People mess it up, look at Eve sharing forbidden fruit, and her son who killed his brother. God did not give up on it and neither should we.

  2. Anonymous says:

    To break it down a little further:
    Grandparents 3%
    Foster care and other 2%
    Cohabiting birth parents 2%
    One step, one adoptive parent 1%
    Two adoptive parents 1%
    Same sex parents 1%

    • Anonymous says:

      1 in 7 children lose a parent to death before they reach the age of 20. That is not factored in to this study.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Same-sex union households cause problems.

  4. Anonymous says:

    There are a lot of saints who weren’t living with both birth parents at the age of 18.

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