Family Structure

Reducing youth aggression isn’t as easy as “Kumbaya”
Nicole M. King | Dec 11 2015 | comment  
Kids need stable upbringings for healthy psychological development.

How strong families help create prosperous states
For one thing, married men work more.

Paying for college: when do parents help most?
Nicole M. King | Aug 27 2015 | comment  
When they stay married, research shows.

More screening, or more married parents?
Nicole M. King | Aug 6 2015 | comment  
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 | Mar 30 2015 | comment  
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 | Apr 7 2014 | comment  
One of poverty's major causes is being raised outside of an intact family.

Five parenting tips from the Obama household
Tamara El-Rahi | Jan 28 2014 | comment  
Highlighting the importance of a structured lifestyle.

How family structure impacts college attendance
Nicole M. King | Jan 24 2014 | comment  
College attendance depends on more than Obama's provision of financial aid.

Family structure and educational outcomes: first and third world contrasts
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 | Feb 14 2013 | comment  
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 | Feb 12 2013 | comment  
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 | Oct 15 2012 | comment  
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 | Aug 8 2012 | comment  
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 | Aug 6 2012 | comment  
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 | Jul 17 2012 | comment  
A large US study shows that growing up in a religious household has advantages for children.

Early puberty—or is it?
Carolyn Moynihan | Apr 4 2012 | comment  
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 | Mar 28 2012 | comment  
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 | Jan 27 2012 | comment  
There are some social disadvantages that undermine even the best educational efforts.

Are we free to speak about parenting research?
Carolyn Moynihan | Jan 17 2012 | comment  
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 | Nov 30 2011 | comment  
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.
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