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December 27, 2012

'A sobering survey of British children's Christmas wishes'


Via Kathryn Jean Lopez, if we can make one cultural resolution for 2013, it should be to learn from this sobering survey of British children's Christmas wishes and take real, practical steps to support and rebuild marriage and family: "A 'dad' is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children."

Contrary to what many unmarried women and most liberal Democrats think ... and want the rest of us to believe, fathers cannot be substituted with a government welfare check and children do indeed notice the difference. Research shows that the positive effects of married fathers are not limited to income alone. Children raised by married parents have substantially better life outcomes compared to similar children raised in single-parent homes:

[...] When compared to children in intact married homes, children raised by single parents are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems; be physically abused; smoke, drink, and use drugs; be aggressive; engage in violent, delinquent, and criminal behavior; have poor school performance; be expelled from school; and drop out of high school.[19] Many of these negative outcomes are associated with the higher poverty rates of single mothers. In many cases, however, the improvements in child well-being that are associated with marriage persist even after adjusting for differences in family income. This indicates that the father brings more to his home than just a paycheck.

[...] The effects of being raised in a single-parent home continue into adulthood. Comparing families of the same race and similar incomes, children from broken and single-parent homes are three times more likely to end up in jail by the time they reach age 30 than are children raised in intact married families.[24] Compared to girls raised in similar married families, girls from single-parent homes are more than twice as likely to have a child without being married, thereby repeating the negative cycle for another generation.[25]

[...] Finally, the decline of marriage generates poverty in future generations. Children living in single-parent homes are 50 percent more likely to experience poverty as adults when compared to children from intact married homes. This intergenerational poverty effect persists even after adjusting for the original differences in family income and poverty during childhood.[26] ...

And there' more data here showing that having government replace fathers via higher taxes and more redistribution of wealth doesn't take away the bad effects of growing up without a dad.

This doesn't mean that single moms can't turnout swell, well-adjusted kids (many indeed do, yet data shows many more do not) ... but it does mean that they have an uphill battle and that one of our cultural objectives should be to reject the nanny state's wealth-redistribution and welfare society, and support and rebuild healthy marriages and families.

Posted by Hyscience at December 27, 2012 10:56 AM

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