Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Children Are In Danger Outside Married Relationships

The most recent study conducted by the US government reports that a child living with mother and her boyfriend are [sic] around eleven times more likely to be emotionally, verbally, physically, and sexually abused compared to children living with their own married parents.  And  children living with their own cohabiting mother and father are four times more likely to be abused in all these ways compared to children living with their married mother and father.  So both biology and marriage matter significantly for child safety in the home.  (However, children living with married adoptive mothers and fathers, of course, tend to be from very healthy and positive homes.)

“Children living with a caretaker other than two biological parents are at greater risk of child maltreatment,” according to a special issue of the Journal of Comparative Family Studies that addressed family violence.  Children living with an adoptive, married mother and father are far less likely to face danger.

According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, children residing in a home with nonbiologically related adult were eight times more likely to die of maltreatment than children living with two biological parents.

Glenn T. Stanton, "The Ring Makes All the Difference," p.79

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