shared parenting

Having married parents boosts teen self-esteem

This article was first published by the Institute for Family Studies For years now, the popular consensus in the UK has been that it’s not marriage that matters to kids; it’s whether their parents stay together that counts. The government-sponsored Families and Children Study illustrates this beautifully. This annual report shows how children in two parent…

singleparent

The most obvious indicator of life chances? Births outside marriage

Births outside marriage is certainly a “powerful” predictor of social mobility. Professor Robert D Putnam* “Family structure is roughly as important as parents’ education in predicting future social mobility for children”. Professor Paul Amato* Today’s Queen’s speech included the intention by government to introduce a new indicator of life chances. It’s a great idea. In…

70 Marriage stats first and second half

Why a big fall in marriages could be really great news

It’s taken nearly two and a half years to get the numbers out. But after a peculiarly long wait, publication of the 2013 annual marriage statistics could provide the world’s first clear evidence that marriage rates can be increased. Paradoxically, this evidence will be strongest if we see a big fall in the number of…

high-expectations

The secret of happy marriage? It’s NOT communication

Ask couples for the secret of a happy marriage and the word ‘communication’ always comes high on their list. But a new study out this week in the Journal of Marriage and Family suggests that the link between communication and happiness is not what we think. Researcher Justin Lavner from the University of Georgia, and colleagues,…