Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Marriage Gap

La Shawn Barber on the Marriage Gap:
For example, not only is a residential father more emotionally and financially invested in his children than a non-residential father, children living with their own married parents are less likely to be poor, do drugs, get pregnant outside marriage, or end up in jail.
It's worse than that. The Centers for Disease Control identify: "Nonbiological, transient caregivers in the home (e.g., mother’s male partner)" as a risk factor for child abuse. In other words, stable households headed by married parents mitigate the risk of child maltreatment.

1 comment:

Ruth said...

Have you read Phyllis's column "Marriage Is the Key to Spending Cuts"?

I'm puzzled by this statement by sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox: "Unfortunately, marriage has now fallen out of reach for millions of adults and children in Middle America.”

What does that mean? Marriage is out of reach?

As a single person, I think it's funny to suggest that something is stopping me from getting married other than just not finding the right mature person. [I do have some thoughts on that which would make this post too long.]

But specifically, are there laws that keep poor and middle class women from getting married?

If you read Phyllis column, she actually says, it's our tax structure: unwed mothers get lots of money for not getting married.

La Shawn ends by stating that we should "pursue public policies that reconnect marriage to childrearing and 'strengthen religious and civic institutions that lend our lives meaning, direction, and a measure of regard for our neighbors—not to mention our spouses.'

Yet, are people really ready to do what it takes? End tax breaks for unwed moms?

What is women didn't have babies until they got married? Then there's no tax money keeping them in temptation.

In my opinion, we experiencing the results of sexual mores, not public policy. I think the policies reflect changes that began years ago, and it's not going to be fixed by changing some laws.