Family Structure

Reducing youth aggression isn’t as easy as “Kumbaya”

Nicole M. King | 11 December 2015
Kids need stable upbringings for healthy psychological development.

How strong families help create prosperous states

Anna Sutherland and W. Bradford Wilcox | 26 October 2015
For one thing, married men work more.

Paying for college: when do parents help most?

Nicole M. King | 27 August 2015
When they stay married, research shows.

More screening, or more married parents?

Nicole M. King | 06 August 2015
Not all adolescents are equally at risk of depression, as Swedish researchers have found.

Troubles tend to multiply for kids in broken families

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 March 2015
They are more likely to live with someone who's had substance abuse or mental health problems.

The link between family structure and poverty

Nicole M. King | 07 April 2014
One of poverty's major causes is being raised outside of an intact family.

Five parenting tips from the Obama household

Tamara El-Rahi | 28 January 2014
Highlighting the importance of a structured lifestyle.

How family structure impacts college attendance

Nicole M. King | 24 January 2014
College attendance depends on more than Obama's provision of financial aid.

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?

A science lesson about faith and families (cartoon)

Carolyn Moynihan | 14 February 2013
Social science provides ample evidence that churchgoing kids flourish. So why are some secularists crusading against religion?

Mapping the world’s family patterns

Carolyn Moynihan | 12 February 2013
The first in a series of annual reports shows how the family is faring in different parts of the world. Find out how your own region compares.

Anders Breivik’s mother

Carolyn Moynihan | 15 October 2012
At the time of the mass murder perpetrated by Norwegian Anders Behring Breivik last year I commented -- like others -- on the killer’s broken family background. A new book shows another side to his family experience.

From foster care to “baby co-operatives”?

Carolyn Moynihan | 08 August 2012
A law professor comes up with a scheme to move black children out of the frying pan into the fire.

How many parents would your child like?

Bill Muehlenberg | 06 August 2012
The new Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) have allowed the creation of brave new families. Whereas earlier it took a man and a woman to produce a child, now there are all sorts of combinations available. A child can be manufactured with any number of players involved.

Raise kids religious

Mariette Ulrich | 17 July 2012
A large US study shows that growing up in a religious household has advantages for children.

Early puberty—or is it?

Carolyn Moynihan | 04 April 2012
Is puberty before the age of 10 a “new normal” for girls? asks a long article in the New York Times magazine.

Giving troubled families a stake in society

Carolyn Moynihan | 28 March 2012
Remember the riots in UK cities last August? A panel appointed by the government to study the causes published a report today places a lot of the blame on lack of work opportunities for young adults, creating a sense that they have no “stake in society”.

Unstable homes lead to “lost gains” in education

Carolyn Moynihan | 27 January 2012
There are some social disadvantages that undermine even the best educational efforts.

Are we free to speak about parenting research?

Carolyn Moynihan | 17 January 2012
It’s difficult today to say anything in favour of the intact, married family without putting somebody’s nose out of joint.

Poverty and family structure: new data

Carolyn Moynihan | 30 November 2011
Although the recession and factors such as the age of parents or their children have a bearing on poverty, the outstanding indicator is family structure. A report from Child Trends.

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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