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August 2011

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The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR), established in 2007 at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), welcomes you to News and Notes, our monthly electronic newsletter. News and Notes aims to keep you informed about the activities of the NCFMR. We will also announce funding and research opportunities, provide registration details for conferences and workshops, and keep you updated on current research findings.


What's New at the NCFMR...


Wendy Manning_Susan BrownASA Honors Co-Directors Brown and Manning with the Inaugural Article of the Year Award 

American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of the Family


NCFMR Co-Directors Susan L. Brown (right) and Wendy D. Manning were awarded for the best journal article published in the past three years during the American Sociological Association's (ASA) 106th Annual Meeting on August 21. Brown and Manning received the inaugural award for their publication "Family Boundary Ambiguity and the Measurement of Family Structure: The Significance of Cohabitation" published in Demography. Their research examines family boundary ambiguity in adolescent and mother reports of family structure using data from the first wave of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health).  


More than 5,000 people attended this year's annual meeting and award's program Social Conflict: Multiple Dimensions and Arenas in Las Vegas. Brown and Manning accepted the award at the ASA Section on Sociology of the Family reception. Congratulations to Susan and Wendy on receiving this prestigious first-time award!

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Married and Cohabiting Couples

Pilot Data Released for Public Use 


Data from the Married and Cohabiting Couples pilot data projects are now available for public use via the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). The data are composed of a nationally representative sample of United States married (752) and cohabiting (323) couples 18-64 years of age. Both members of the couple provided information on a range of topics including union history, work and family stress, marital disillusionment, and health-care preferences.


Research teams from around the country presented their preliminary findings on August 4 at Bowling Green State University and will submit working papers to the NCFMR Working Paper Series. Additionally, team members will present their findings at future national conferences and workshops.     

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New Students Join the NCFMR


The NCFMR welcomes the following new and returning students:


New Students  

  • Katie Kusner, Graduate Research Fellow
  • Emily Padgett, Graduate Research Fellow
  • Nicole Shoenberger, Graduate Research Assistant


Returning Students 

  • Julia Arroyo, Undergraduate Research Assistant
  • Larry Gibbs, Graduate Research Assistant 
  • Bart Stykes, Graduate Research Assistant
  • Britani Williams, Project Assistant
  • Erin Ziegelmeyer, Undergraduate Research Assistant


Graduate research fellows are pursuing dissertation research on topics consistent with the Center's research themes under the direction of a BGSU Faculty Research Affiliate. Graduate research assistants help the NCFMR staff build NCFMR's Data Resources, while undergraduate students and project research assistants, working under the close supervision of staff members, assist with the production of data resources. 


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The following updates may be viewed on the NCFMR website.


Newly Released Data Resources


Original Data

Original data sponsored and coordinated by the NCFMR.


The Data Source

Descriptions of newly released data sets of interest to family researchers.


Family Profiles

Original reports summarizing the latest statistics on U.S. families.Family Profiles





NCFMR Graduate Research Assistant Examines Couples' Relationship Satisfaction Using New Pilot Data 


A new data set, Married and Cohabiting Couples, collected by the NCFMR in 2010 and recently released to the public through ICPSR, allows for couple-level assessments of spouse/partner agreement about relationship quality. Research generated by NCFMR Graduate Research Assistant Sarah Burgoyne shows married and cohabiting couples are similarly likely to agree in their reports of relationship satisfaction. However, married couples are more likely to both report they are very satisfied with their marriage (57% of married versus 36% of cohabiting couples), whereas cohabiting couples are especially likely to both report that they are not very satisfied (37% of cohabiting versus 19% of married couples). Similar proportions of married (24%) and cohabiting (27%) couples provide discordant reports about the quality of their relationship.  



Couple Relationship Quality by Union Type 

 Bar Chart Comparing Relationship Satisfaction


Source: National Center for Family & Marriage Research Pilot Data 2010: Married and Cohabiting Couples. Couples were asked, "Taking all things together, how satisfied are you with your relationship with your spouse or partner?" Response categories ranged from very dissatisfied to very satisfied. The sample includes 724 married couples and 316 cohabiting couples.  



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September 2011

Call for Proposals -- American Educational Research Grants Program (AERA)

Dissertation Grants and Research Grants

Date Due: September 1

Link to AERA Grants Program webpage 


Call for Submissions -- NCFR Report

Winter 2011: LGBT Families

Date Due: September 21

Contact the editor to obtain submission guidelines 


Call for Papers -- Population Association of America

PAA 2012

Date Due: September 23

Link to PAA Call for Papers webpage


Call for Papers -- 5th Annual BGSU/OSU Sociology Graduate Student Conference

Date Due: September 23

For more information and to submit your papers, contact... 

Holly Fee - Family Demography

Rhiannon Kroeger - Population Health

Larry Gibbs - Neighborhoods, Crime, and Well-Being


Call for Submissions -- Work and Family Researchers Network (WFRN) 

Date Due: September 30

Link to WFRN webpage for submission instructions 



October 2011

Call for Manuscripts -- Special Family Science Review Issue

Teaching about Families: Current Reflections on Our Journeys in Family Science Educators

Date Due: October 1

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Multi-Ethnicity and Multi-Ethnic Families

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Storied Lives: Culture, Structure, and Narrative

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Is Marriage for White People?

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Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School
and Author, Is Marriage for White People?
How the Decline of African American Marriage Affects Everyone



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September 26th, 2011
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Is Marriage for White People?

Please join us to discuss the issues raised in Professor Banks' provocatively titled book: Is Marriage for White People? Based on his social science research, Banks looks at the intimate lives of African American women and examines why they are not getting married and are the least likely to marry of any segment of the American population.

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SEATING IS LIMITED. To reserve a seat, please RSVP to OR 212-246-3942. Program will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

About the Panelist:

Ralph Richard Banks is the Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where he Ralph Richard Bankshas taught since 1998. He teaches and writes about family law, race and inequality. Professor Banks has previously authored dozens of commentary articles in the popular press, including the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Professor Banks received Bachelors and Masters degrees from Stanford University in 1987 and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1994. Prior to joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1998, professor Banks served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Barrington D. Parker, Jr., then of the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; was a Reginald F. Lewis Fellow at Harvard Law School; and worked as an associate in the San Francisco office of the law firm O'Melveny & Myers.

About the Host:

Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears (retired) is the first woman and the youngest person ever to serve Chief Justice Leah Ward Searson the Georgia Supreme Court. Retiring from the court in July 2009, after 24 years of distinguished service in the state's judiciary, Justice Sears reentered private practice where she currently leads the National Appellate Team at Schiff Hardin, LLP. In retaining her position on the Georgia Supreme Court, Justice Sears became the first woman to win a contested statewide election in Georgia. During her tenure on the Supreme Court, Justice Sears spearheaded innovative programs such as the Georgia Supreme Court's Commission on Children, Marriage and Family Law, as well as The Access to Justice Project. Justice Sears contributes her talents to academia as well, having taught at both Emory University and The University of Georgia. Currently she serves on the Board of Trustees for Emory University, The Carter Center, the Advisory Board for the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Cornell University Council. At the Institute for American Values, Chief Justice Sears presently serves as a board member and is the William Thomas Sears Distinguished Fellow in Family Law.

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Marriage and Relationship

When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and
said, I've got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I
observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn't know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what
I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly.

She didn't seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks
and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn't talk to each
other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to
our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had
lost my heart to Jane. I didn't love her anymore. I just pitied her!

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that
she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company.

She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten
years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted
time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I
loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was
what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release.
The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be
firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at
the table. I didn't have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep
very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane.

When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not
care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn't want
anything from me, but needed a month's notice before the divorce. She
requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life
as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month's
time and she didn't want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall
how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day.

She requested that every day for the month's duration I carry her out of our
bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just
to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife's divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and
thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face
the divorce, she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn't had any body contact since my divorce intention was
explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both
appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his
arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting
room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She
closed her eyes and said softly; don't tell our son about the divorce. I
nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside

the door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my
chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn't
looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young
any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our
marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done
to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy
returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me.

On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was
growing again. I didn't tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her
as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses
but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have
grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the
reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me... she had buried so much pain and bitterness in her
heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it's time to carry mom out. To
him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part
of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him
tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind
at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom,
through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly
and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in
my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her
tightly and said, I hadn't noticed that our life lacked intimacy.

I drove to office.... jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the
door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind...I walked
upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want
the divorce anymore.

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a
fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won't
divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn't value
the details of our lives, not because we didn't love each other anymore. Now
I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am
supposed to hold her until death do us apart.

Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed
the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.

At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife.
The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I'll
carry you out every morning until death do us apart.

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run
up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed - dead.

My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to
even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from
the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we push thru with the
divorce.-- At least, in the eyes of our son--- I'm a loving husband....

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It
is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create
an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in
themselves. So find time to be your spouse's friend and do those little
things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!

If you don't share this, nothing will happen to you.

If you do, you just might save a marriage.

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were
to success when they gave up.


So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined
together, let not man separate. Matthew 19:6

Why Marriage Matters

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Why Marriage Matters:
Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences

A Conversation on August 16 with Elizabeth Marquardt, director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values; Amy L. Wax, Robert Mundheim Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School; and W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, University of Virginia and chair of the team of scholars that authored the third edition of Why Marriage Matters; hosted by Jonathan Rauch, guest scholar at the Brookings Institution.    Watch Here


More Unwed Parents Live Together, Report Finds

Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, August 16, 2011

"The number of Americans who have children and live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970, according to a report released Tuesday."

Read the Article | and read at The Boston Globe, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Star News, St. Petersburg Times, and Straits Times (a Singapore daily)

Study: Are Cohabiting Parents Bad for Kids?

Jennifer Ludden, NPR, August 16, 2011

"The study is put out by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, groups whose missions include strengthening marriage and family life."

Read the Article | and read at Oklahoma Public Radio, Houston Public Radio, Oregon Public Radio, and Good

National Marriage Project: 'Why Marriage Matters' Study Says Cohabiting Parents Do Kids Harm

Katherine Bindley, Huffington Post, August 20, 2011

"Unmarried, cohabiting parents may be putting their kids at risk for a host of personal problems-- at least according to a new report from the University of Virgina's National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values."

Read the Article | and read at

Cohabitation is Not a Problem Because It Isn't Normal Yet

Lauren Sandler, Slate, August 17, 2011

"As [Institute senior fellow W. Bradford] Wilcox said at an event last night at the Institute for American Values, where he discussed the study, 'cohabitation and kids don't mix.'"

Read the Article | and read at Babble and Psychology Today

Not married with children? Report says cohabiting and kids don't mix

Lylah M. Alphonse,, August 16, 2011

"In the report, 'Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences,' researchers say that couples who live together without getting married are far less stable than married couples-and it's the kids who struggle the most."

Read the Article | and read at

Marriage? Let me think about it

Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz, Chicago Tribune, August 16, 2011

"In a just-released report, [a group of scholars] called cohabiting couples 'the largest unrecognized threat to the quality and stability of children's family lives.'"

Read the Article

New Report: Cohabitation Has Superseded Divorce as Key Risk Factor to Children in America

UVA Today, August 16, 2011

"The new report, 'Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences,' is co-sponsored by the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia."

Read the Article

Children living with cohabiting, unmarried parents on the rise, likely to have problems at school

Joyce Chen, New York Daily News, August 17, 2011

"A new report [Why Marriage Matters] reveals that attention should be focused less on splitsville spouses and instead more on an overlooked demographic: cohabitating adults."

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Report: Cohabitation a threat to child welfare

Cheryl Wetzstein, Washington Times, August 17, 2011

"'Today, the rise of cohabiting households with children is the largest unrecognized threat to the quality and stability of children's family lives,' the scholars said in 'Why Marriage Matters, Third Edition: Thirty Conclusions From the Social Sciences.'"

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Increased cohabitation rates mean more instability for children

Kevin J. Jones, Catholic News Agency, August 17, 2011

"[Institute senior fellow W. Bradford] Wilcox is the lead author of 'Why Marriage Matters: Thirty Conclusions from the Social Sciences,' a report from the New York-based Institute for American Values' Center for Marriage and Families."

Read the Article | and read at Anglican Mainstream, Spero News, and California Catholic Daily

Taking Sides Over Shacking Up

Adele Horin, Sydney Morning Herald, August 19, 2011

"A new study from the United States claims parents who cohabit without benefit of marriage now pose a greater threat to children's welfare than divorce."

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The marriage gap that's destroying America

Carolyn Moynihan,, August 19, 2011

"While the attention of the world was riveted on the anarchy in England, two reports were published in the United States warning that family instability is making serious inroads into the working class and lower middle class of that country . . . "

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Report: More unwed parents living together

Elizabeth Cunningham Perkins,, August 19, 2011

"Two pro-marriage groups released a study this week stating American children are twelve times more likely now than in 1970 to be raised by parents who live together without getting married."

Read the Article

The Divorce Paradox

Maggie Gallagher, RealClearPolitics, August 19, 2011

"The Institute for American Values' new updated report, 'Why Marriage Matters: 30 Conclusions From the Social Sciences,' is signed by an impressive list of family scholars ranging from professor John Gottman to professor Brad Wilcox."

Read the Article | and read at the National Organization for Marriage blog

Report: Cohabitation is bad for kids

Carolyn Robertson,, August 19, 2011

"Researchers in the US released a report this week that indicates parents who cohabitate rather than wed may be putting their kids at risk."

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Is marriage important for children?

Ben Hillyer, Natchez Democrat, August 19, 2011

"More and more couples these days decide to have children without first getting married, a report from the the Institute for American Values reported Tuesday."

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Editor's Notebook

The Capital, August 20, 2011

"The University of Virginia-based National Marriage Project, along with the Institute for American Values, has issued a report arguing that the quality and stability of children's family lives is eroding . . . "

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US cohabitation rate eclipses divorce, August 21, 2011

"'The divorce rate for married couples with children has returned almost to the levels we saw before the divorce revolution kicked in during the 1970s. Nevertheless, family instability is on the rise,' [Institute senior fellow W. Bradford] Wilcox says in a statement."

Read the Article | and read at, The Post Chronicle, and (a Croatian news site)

Cohabitation poses greater threat than divorce to kids' well-being, August 21, 2011

"A new study has revealed that the rise of cohabiting households with children is a greater threat to the quality and stability of children's lives and is also the main reason for the increase of family instability."

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Hitched, and un-: Divorce is down; that's the good news

Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, August 21, 2011

"The study found that nearly a quarter of children today are born to cohabiting couples, and another 20 percent will be exposed to that lifestyle during their childhood."

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More cohabitation, less stability for kids?

Southern California Public Radio, August 22, 2011

"The report found that cohabiting parents are more than twice as likely to break up; the study's sponsor argues that these findings prove that cohabitation puts children at risk by placing them in unstable circumstances."

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The following blogs covered the new report.

Cohabitation Compounds Divorce as a Threat to America's Children

Collette Caprara, The Foundry, August 22, 2011

"Research recently released by The National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values (the third edition of the Why Marriage Matters series) reveals that more than 40 percent of children in the country spend some portion of their lives in a household with a cohabiting parent before they are 12 years old."

Read the Article

Why Marriage Matters

Richard Whitmire, Education Week, August 16, 2011

"Richard Whitmire, a former editorial writer at USA Today and past board president of the National Education Writers Association, is a frequent commentator. . . ."

Read the Article

Report calls cohabitation new "threat" to child well-being

Jeremy Olson, Minneapolis Star-Tribune blog, August 16, 2011

"Released Tuesday by the Institute for American Values, the report highlights the fact that American children are now more likely to live with unmarried, . . . "

Read the Article

Is shacking up bad for the kids?

Tralee Pearche, The Globe and Mail, August 17, 2011

"The National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values suggest cohabitation has replaced divorce as the great destabilizer."

Read the Article

Are Cohabiting Parents Bad for Kids?

Amelia T., Care2, August 17, 2011

"The number of American couples who are cohabiting and having children without getting married has skyrocketed since the 1970s, and this spells doom for the American family, according to the University of Virginia's National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values."

Read the Article

Cohabiting parents seen a danger to children's welfare, August 17, 2011

"The study, entitled 'Why Marriage Matters,' shows that children living with unmarried parents are more likely to suffer from abuse and neglect, and far more likely to see their parents break up before they are teenagers."

Read the Article

Cohabitation Soars, Children Suffer: Study

CultureNews, August 17, 2011

"The study is put out by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values, groups whose missions include strengthening marriage and family life."

Read the Article

Cohabitation Has Replaced Divorce as Biggest Threat to Children

Dave Bohon, New American, August 18, 2011

"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.'"

Read the Article

Is Cohabitation Unstable in Europe Too?, August 18, 2011

"Even in Sweden, children are worse off when mom and dad cohabit."

Read the Article

How Cohabiting Couples Are Harming the American Family

Wes Woodell,, August 18, 2011

"[Why Marriage Matters'] major conclusion: cohabiting couples are causing family instability for children in American households to increase."

Read the Article

Is 'cohabitation' bad for kids?

Opinion Staff, Palm Beach Post - The Opinion Zone, August 19, 2011

"The Center for Marriage and Families [at the Institute for American Values] released a study concluding that while divorce rates for families with children have fallen to the lowest rate in decades, too many children's lives remain unstable . . . "

Read the Article

Julie Hanlon Rubio on Why Marriage Matters: Children Born to Cohabiting Parents Are at Risk

Julie Hanlon Rubio, Catholic Moral Theology, August 19, 2011

"A new study put out by the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values calls attention to the rise in children being raised by single parents, including those who are cohabiting with a partner."

Read the Article

Marriage Matters--Conclusions from the Social Sciences

Breaking Christian News, August 19, 2011

"The intact, biological, married family remains the gold standard for family life in the United States."

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Courageous Update: Get A Courageous Head Start

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Red Carpet Event

Red Carpet Event

On Friday, you can participate in the special COURAGEOUS Red Carpet showing in Atlanta. From 6-7 p.m. EDT, you can watch the red carpet happenings live online as host Wayne Shepherd interviews cast members, Sherwood leaders, Mark Hall from Casting Crowns, and other guests at the event.

Just go to Friday, August 26 at 6 p.m. Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific to watch!


Get a Courageous Head Start

Get a Courageous Head Start

While many theaters are selling out their primetime Friday and Saturday evening showings on Opening Weekend, there are creative ways to get a large group to the movie. If you can sell 250 tickets, you can see the movie on Thursday, September 29—the night before it opens! Connect with Sony Group Sales if you are interested in a Thursday showing.

You can also work with Sony or your local theater to request a special Saturday morning show time. This would be ideal for a men's group outing or if you are providing tickets to law enforcement officers who might not be able to attend at another time.

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We Were Made to Be Courageous

We Were Made to Be Courageous

When you see the music video from Casting Crowns for their new song "Courageous," you get to see snippets of scenes from COURAGEOUS. The song is featured in the film as well.

"Courageous" is one of 12 songs on the band's new album, "Come To The Well," which arrives in stores October 18. Lead singer Mark Hall says, "When we come to Jesus, we come to our well." You can see Mark and the entire Casting Crowns band as they tour as the album releases.

» Watch the "Courageous" music video
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Culture Watch: Marriage Keeps Love Alive and Hearts Pumping

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Culture Watch: Weekly Round-Up on Family, Religion and Civil Society

August 25, 2011

Culture Watch: Marriage Keeps Love Alive and Hearts Pumping

Many a bachelor has taunted and teased a groom-to-be that “I do” will be his famous last words. But for all the jesting predictions about the finality or fatality of marriage, walking down the aisle could be the healthiest thing you do to keep your relationship alive and your heart ticking.

A new study published in the Journal of Health Psychology suggests that when it comes to major heart surgery, marriage can be a good predictor of long-term survival. The study found that married men and women were 250 percent more likely to be alive 15 years after coronary artery bypass surgery than their unmarried counterparts. Marriage had an even greater impact on men’s post-op longevity. Fifteen years after bypass surgery, over 80 percent of happily married men’s hearts were still beating for the one they loved, while only 36 percent of single men were still living. Even among male patients who rated their marriages poorly, almost two-thirds survived past the 15-year mark.

Greater surgery survival rates aren’t the only benefit that comes with giving your heart away in matrimony. In addition to the usual prescriptions of regular exercise and a balanced diet, tying the knot could be one of the most beneficial lifestyle changes you make. Marriage can have a profoundly positive effect on men and women’s psychological well-being, stress levels, and drinking and smoking habits. Marriage is even associated with reduced mortality rates.

The benefits of marriage do not stop at the doctor’s office door. Married men and women also tend to have better financial health, increased savings, and greater social mobility than unmarried individuals. Perhaps most importantly, lifelong, married love can provide the best environment for raising well-adjusted, successful children.

With its many social, economic, and even health benefits, one need only place a finger on the state of marriage to read the pulse of civil society. Skyrocketing unwed birth rates, no-fault divorce laws, and increasing cohabitation have placed the health of families and society in peril. Fortunately, the same strength of heartstrings that can help pull men and women through surgery can also restore families and build stable, loving homes for the next generation.

Policymakers, especially, have an important role in prescribing remedies for society’s faltering view of marriage by promoting the many benefits of matrimony for love, life, and health. Tell us what you think at our blog >>

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Cohabitation: Largest Threat to Children

August 25, 2010

Column #1,565

Cohabitation: Largest Threat to Children

By Mike McManus


            The Institute for American Values issued a landmark report, “Why Marriage Matters, Third Edition” which states: “The rise of cohabitation is the largest unrecognized threat to the quality and stability of children’s family lives.


            “In fact, because of the growing prevalence of cohabitation, which has risen fourteen-fold since 1970, today’s children are much more likely to spend time in a cohabiting household than they are to see their parent’s divorce.”


            The report has some good news about divorce:  “Children who are now born to married couples are actually more likely to grow up with both of their parents than were children born at the height of the divorce revolution,” says the report written by W. Bradford Wilcox who directs the National Marriage Project for the University of Virginia.


While 27% of children experienced a parental divorce if they were born in the late 1970s, only 23% of those born 20 years later live through a divorce.  (However, that’s triple the 8% divorce rate of kids born in Britain or France, and shatters 1 million U.S. kids annually.)


What’s worse: 42% of American children will endure the horror of living in a cohabiting family, almost double the percentage hurt by divorce.  Kids in cohabiting households “are markedly more likely to be physically, sexually and emotionally abused than children in both intact, married families and single-parent families.”   Some snapshots:


·         Teenagers from cohabiting families are 60% less likely to graduate from high school than those with married parents.

·         Children in cohabiting families are five times more likely “to experience depression, difficulty sleeping, feelings of worthlessness, nervousness and tension.”

·         Preschool children are 47.6 times more likely to die in a cohabiting household compared to those with married parents.

·         Daughters raised outside of intact marriages are three times more likely to be young, unwed mothers.


As recently as the 1970s, the vast majority of adult Americans were living in an intact

marriage and almost nine in ten children were born into married families. “No longer. Now, less than half of adults are married.”


            “This retreat from marriage has hit poor, working-class and minority communities with particular force,” while marriage trends of college educated, affluent Americans have taken a turn for the better. Nonmarital child-bearing soared more than six fold from 5% in 1982 to 34% in 2006-8 among white high school educated Americans.  By contrast, unwed births of college educated remained only 2% during these years, and divorce rates fell.


The report found this growing marriage gap troubling. “It leaves working-class and poor adults more distanced from an institution that has historically lent purpose, meaning, responsibility, mutual aid and a sense of solidarity to the lives of countless men and women.” And it leaves poorer children “doubly disadvantaged” with less family resources and fewer  married parents.


Sociologist Paul Amato states: “increasing marital stability to the same level as in 1980 is associated with a decline of nearly 500,000 children suspended from school, about 200,000 fewer children engaging in delinquency or violence, 250,000 fewer children receiving therapy… 80,000 fewer children thinking about suicide and about 28,000 fewer children attempting suicide.”


The report offers no answers, only questions: “How can communities be mobilized to promote a marriage-friendly culture?”


I have an answer.  I’ve helped more than 10,000 pastors join across denominational lines to make marriage a high priority, by creating Community Marriage Policies in 229 cities.  A study by the Institute for Research and Evaluation reported that in the first 114 cities, divorce rates fell 17.5% in seven years, cohabitation dropped by a third compared to control cities. Now marriage rates are rising. 


The Institute estimated that 31,000 to 50,000 marriages were saved from divorce by 2001.  With another decade in the original cities, and 229 cities now, perhaps 100,000 divorces were averted.


Nearly a tenth of the cities cut divorce rates in half, such as Modesto, CA which signed the first Community Marriage Policy in 1986.  Its divorce rate has been nearly 50% lower for a decade. Marriages have doubled from 1,300 a year to 2,600. With more kids in stable homes, teen pregnancies fell 30% in ten years and school dropouts, by 19%.


Community Marriage Policies can “promote a marriage friendly culture.” 


More is needed.  Government inadvertently subsidizes cohabitation. A woman with an unwed birth gets welfare, Medicaid, food stamps, etc. as if she were bringing up the child alone.  But most are cohabiting, and have the benefit of his income plus taxpayer income.    If she marries him, she loses subsidies.


My solution: If they marry, let them keep the subsidies for two years, then taper off.  More will marry, the best answer for everyone, and government costs will drop in time.


Mike McManus is President of Marriage Savers and a syndicated columnist.




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