Many studies have been released about the negative effects of divorce on children. But, what about those children whose parents never married? A rising number of children are living with cohabiting, unmarried parents who can more easily split up. A new study from the National Marriage Project and the Institute for American Values found that children raised by cohabiting parents are prone to "externalizing disorders, more aggression," as well as "internalizing disorders, more depression."
Those kids have to see their parents date different people, creating a sense of instability. A key ingredient to a child's well-being is stability; without it, children may act out, and they are more likely to shy away from marriage. Something to keep in mind is that while divorce rates are currently down, the number of children with cohabiting, unmarried parents is rising. Many young couples nowadays are more cautious with who they marry, and they are much less likely to rush into a marriage if they have a baby out of wedlock.
To learn more about the study, check out the article from the New York Daily News.
For more information about divorce, check out our Divorce Books article.
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