The Right Coast

Editor: Thomas A. Smith
University of San Diego
School of Law

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Family-Breakdown Denialists | City Journal

Nor do the authors mention any of the other numbers that continue to alarm demographers, social scientists, and family researchers. Children in single-parent homes are three times as likely to be poor as children living with their married parents. Brookings scholars Isabel Sawhill and Adam Thomas ran a simulation analysis in which they “married off” potential single parents. They concluded that if the proportion of single-parent families had remained the same in 1998 as it was in 1970, child-poverty rates would have been 20 percent lower.


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I feel sorry for the children of broken homes. I despise the easy lie that divorce will be in the best interests of the children. But I'm still disinclined to accept evidence offered by social scientists or Brookings scholars. In such areas I have no idea who might be worthy of a bit of trust. And in many another area too.

Posted by: dearieme | Feb 13, 2018 9:54:51 AM