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…

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,…

No, Mr Cameron. ‘Families’ are not the best anti-poverty measure ever invented. ‘Marriage’ is.

‘Families are the best anti-poverty measure ever invented‘, claimed David Cameron today. “Families that break apart“, he said, “are twice as likely to experience poverty as those that stay together“. Actually families that stay together are a whole lot better than that. Lone parents may be twice as likely to live in poverty but they are six times…

The Marriage Gap: Almost all new parents are married if rich; Few are married if poor. Why?

Marriage is commonplace and almost universal among the rich whereas it’s rare and unusual among the poor. This is the remarkable finding from our new study released today, co-authored with University of Lincoln Professor Stephen McKay and using data from the Family Resources Survey and General Household Survey. (See report in Sunday Telegraph) Whereas 87% of the richest new…

Two to tango?

I imagine many people will wonder why I even have to ask the question. Of course it takes two to tango, they answer. Especially today, in an age of real equality, husband and wife need to play their part equally. Both are responsible. But I’m not so sure. I think our assumption that ‘equal’ means ‘equal…