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One Columnist Argues That Marriage Is Still Important … To Kids

In this week’s Boston Herald, op-ed columnist Jennifer C. Braceras suggests that while adults might think marriage is becoming unnecessary, kids definitely need the institution. She supports this idea with statistics from a recently published Pew Research Center study, conducted in coordination with Time magazine. Braceras highlights the study’s (unsurprising) finding that single-parent households are at an economic disadvantage compared to two-parent households — for example, with the statistic that in 2008 the household income of married adults was 41 percent higher than single adults — and Kay Hymowitz’s book Marriage and Caste in America, which analyzes how children of single moms are “less likely to succeed academically and more likely to suffer from substance abuse, commit crimes and have children at a young age.”

OK, so there are several facts to support the theory that living in a two-parent household has a more positive effect on kids’ success than living in a single-parent household. Got it. But does a marriage certificate matter? Thoughts? [Boston Herald via Time]

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