21 Reasons WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS 

Twenty-One Conclusions from the Social Sciences

The Twenty-One Conclusions: A Snapshot

1. Marriage increases the likelihood that fathers have good relationships with their children

2. Cohabitation is not the functional equivalent of marriage

3. Growing up outside an intact marriage increases the likelihood that children themselves divorce or become unwed parents

4. Marriage is a virtually universal human institution.

ECONOMICS

5. Divorce and unmarried childbearing increase poverty for both children and mothers

6. Married couples seem to build more wealth on average than singles or cohabiting couples

7. Married men earn more money than do single men with similar education and job histories

8. Parental divorce (or failure to marry) appears to increase children’s risk of school failure

9. Parental divorce reduces the likelihood that children will graduate from college and achieve high-status jobs

PHYSICAL HEALTH AND LONGEVITY

10.Children who live with their own two married parents enjoy better physical health, on average, than do children in other family forms

11.Parental marriage is associated with a sharply lower risk of infant mortality

12. Marriage is associated with reduced rates of alcohol and substance abuse for both adults and teens

13. Married people, especially married men, have longer life expectancies than do otherwise similar singles

14. Marriage is associated with better health and lower rates of injury, illness, and disability for both men and women

MENTAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

15. Children whose parents divorce have higher rates of psychological distress and mental illness

16. Divorce appears significantly to increase the risk of suicide

17. Married mothers have lower rates of depression than do single or cohabiting mothers

CRIME AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

18.Boys raised in single-parent families are more likely to engage in delinquent and criminal behaviour

19.Marriage appear to reduce the risk that adults will be either perpetrators or victims of crime

20.Married women appear to have a lower risk of experiencing domestic violence than do cohabiting or dating women

21.A child who is not living with his or her own two married parents is at greater risk of child abuse

  First Published © 2004, Revised addition. © 2009 Published by Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, PO Box 542, Unanderra NSW 2526 Australia in cooperation with the National Marriage Coalition in Australia and the National Marriage Coalition New Zealand.

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 WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS
Released September 2009

 21 Reasons WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS” – a trans-tasman effort to highlight the benefits of marriage has been released inNew Zealand. The report was commissioned by Family First NZ and FamilyLife NZ in conjunction with a number of family organisations inAustralia including the Australian Family Association, Family VoiceAustralia and Dads4Kids and is an update of the report originally released in theUS in 2002.

 
Media Release 8 Sep 2011 Report Highlights Importance of Marriage
For additional copies, please contact Family First NZ admin@familyfirst.org.nz

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