Cohabitation has replaced divorce as biggest threat to children

David Bohon, The New American, 8/18/2011

A new report from a pair of organizations dedicated to strengthening the institution of marriage shows that an alarming number of U.S. couples are deciding to have children without being married – a decision that places those children at risk for physical, emotional, financial, and other social problems. The study, released by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, found that while, toward the end of the 20th century, "divorce posed the biggest threat to marriage in the United States," in today's world "the rise of cohabiting households with children is the largest unrecognized threat to the quality and stability of children's family lives."

Subjects: Family, Family structure

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