Why Two Parents Matter

  • Families headed by single mothers are five times as likely to live in poverty as married-couple families.
  • Children in single-mother homes are less likely to graduate from high school or earn a college degree. They are more likely to become single parents themselves, perpetuating the cycle.
  • Almost 30 percent of American children now live with a single parent or with no parent at all. Single parenting is less common in white and Asian households, but only 38 percent of Black children live with married parents.

Source: The Two Parent PrivilegeNicholas Kristoff (NYT)


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