Study Shows Cohabiting Bad for Kids
In the May 2007 issue of Child Trends (Research Brief), an article titled, The Relationship Context of Births Outside of Marriage: The Rise of Cohabitation, states that over the past 30 years, child births outside of marriage have risen to 37 percent in 2005, compared with 22 percent in 1985. Additionally, the non-marital birth rate has increased from 32.8 in 1985 to 47.6 in 2005. While the changes have been seen in all age groups, younger women outpace their older counterparts.
The reason? People are choosing cohabitation over marriage at alarming rates.
But, one of the most interesting findings of the study is that cohabitating, often seen as a “step in the right direction,” can actually do as much harm to children in cohabitating households as to children headed by single mother households. Children in cohabitating relationships (versus those in married households) are more likely to:
1) Be poor
2) Have inadequate access to food & health care
3) Have literacy issues
4) Have disciplinary problems
Interestingly, these are the same issues faced by children of single-mother households but to a lesser degree.
So what’s the benefit?
Peace, love and blessings and, of course, keep it drama free.
Ms. No Single Mama Drama
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