Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Staying together for kids backed by research

Staying together for kids backed by research

We needed a study to show this? Anyway, hasn't this been repeatedly demonstrated - kids in two parent homes fare better than in single parent homes....


Staying together for the sake of the children might not be such a bad idea after all, a report suggests.

Children from two-parent families are better off emotionally, socially and economically, according to a review of marriage research released today in The Future of Children, a journal published jointly by the nonpartisan Brookings Institution and Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

"What parents want and what's good for kids isn't always the same," says Kathryn Edin, a University of Pennsylvania sociologist whose research is in the journal.

Sociology professor Paul Amato of Pennsylvania State University, whose work is also in the journal, says researchers know that while chronic and overt conflict can be harmful, two-parent families usually benefit kids.

"When we were saying it doesn't matter in the '60s and '70s and '80s, we didn't have the experience of enough kids in a culture when families were breaking down. It was just our best guess," says Diane Sollee, a former marriage and family therapist.

This study came from The Future of Children.

The Future of Children seeks to promote effective policies and programs for children by providing policymakers, service providers, and the media with timely, objective information based on the best available research.

The Future of Children is a publication of The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and The Brookings Institution.

The views expressed in The Future of Children do not necessarily represent the views of The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University or The Brookings Institution.

You can view their latest journal, Marriage and Child Wellbeing, through this link.

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