A study released late last week by the Family Research Council’s Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) revealed that only 46 percent of children will reach the age of 17 in intact homes with married biological parents.
“We have never faced anything like this in human history,” said co-author Pat Fagan, director of MARRI. “The foundational relationship of marriage has quite an impact on the wellbeing of children, and on the welfare of both the states and the nation. Sad to say, our family culture today is primarily a culture of rejection between parents. Most American mothers and fathers cannot stand each other enough to raise the children they brought into existence.”
According to the Second Annual Index of Family Belonging and Religion, there are regional differences in the number of intact homes: Minnesota (57 percent) and Utah (56.5 percent) have the highest rates, while Mississippi (34 percent) has the lowest. Overall, the rate is highest in the Northeast (49.6 percent) and lowest in the South (41.8 percent).
Correspondingly, child poverty rates rise as the percentage of intact households falls.
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