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Marriage doesn't really benefit kids

2011-07-21 16:56:15.813994+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Know all of those studies which purport to show how kids from married families have better social and cognitive development? It turns out, at least in the UK, that if you control for income and education Marriage does not improve children's development. Via this Guardian article:

By examining data from the Millennium Cohort Study, a sample of children born in the UK in the early 2000s, the institute shows that children born out of wedlock are behind in cognitive development at three, five and seven-years-old but this is because "cohabiting parents tend to have lower educational qualifications than married parents". The same pattern is observed with "socio-emotional" development.

Which I got to via an SFGate Blog entry.

[ related topics: Children and growing up Sociology Marriage ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2011-07-21 18:48:32.686235+00 by: crasch

Fascinating, thanks!