Child Welfare

Family structure and educational outcomes: first and third world contrasts

| 18 February 2013

shows a clear advantage to children from living in two-parent families—but mainly in higher income countries, not low. Why the difference?

Getting it wrong on cohabitation

Tom O'Gorman | 04 August 2011
A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) indicates that children raised by cohabiting couples do no worse on average than children raised by married couples once socio-economic background is taken into account, and therefore there is no good reason on the part of the State to encourage marriage.

Reduce violence in children’s lives - turn off TV

Carolyn Moynihan | 20 June 2011
A study of New Zealand children’s exposure to violence shows that the most common experience is watching people fighting and killing on television and other screens.

Vive la difference: gender and parenthood

Carolyn Moynihan | 16 May 2011
In the realm of parenthood today nothing can be taken for granted -- not even that a mother and father are the best thing for children, at least according to certain elites.

Partial truths from family research

Carolyn Moynihan | 11 April 2011
Respected US research organisation Child Trends has published a study showing that children tend to do well when their parents have a happy relationship -- and vice-versa. So far, so good.

Drifting into family chaos

Carolyn Moynihan | 23 February 2011
A recent Pew poll found that Americans are broadly tolerant of “non-traditional families” but draw the line at single motherhood.

The American family: torn by a culture of rejection

Carolyn Moynihan | 13 January 2011
We hear a lot about family breakdown but not much that throws light on its true extent, or on the causes. A new study remedies that by describing the parental relationship in terms of either “belonging” or “rejection”.

Child casualties of immigration enforcement

Carolyn Moynihan | 06 May 2010
In stepping up control of immigration American states are putting millions of children at risk of being separated from their parents and entering the US child welfare system -- perhaps permanently, according to a Washington DC advocacy group. This is something to weigh seriously in the intensifying debate over illegal immigrants.

Family Edge looks at news and trends affecting the family in the light of human dignity. Our focus is the inspiring, creative, humorous, annoying, ridiculous, and dangerous ideas in the evening news. Send tips and brainwaves to the editor, Tamara Rajakariar, at tamara.rajakariar@

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