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New Study Reveals 71 Percent Of Children Born To Unmarried Parents Likely To Live In Poverty

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A new study links marriage with poverty status. Researchers found that marriage is the “strongest factor” in reducing child poverty in the United States. Steep declines in marriage rates and increases households headed by single moms since the 1960s reportedly attributes greatly to the poverty problem.

The new marriage study appears to support Libertarian author Charles Murray’s conclusion that a cultural breakdown in America has substantial consequences. In both his first controversial book, The Bell Curve, and his most recent work, Coming Apart, Murray examines the changes in social dynamics and family structures since the 1960s.

Charles Murray believes that the “founding virtues of civic life” have steadily crumbled, according to the New York Times. The author’s review of demographic statistics regarding the impact of women having children outside of wedlock mirrors the results of the new marriage study. While Murray’s views may be considered very politically incorrect, his findings are largely supported by the statistics cited in the new marriage study.

Over a third of single parent families with children are living in poverty, the Heritage Foundation reports. When children live in a home with married parents, the chances of living in poverty throughout their lives reportedly drops by 82 percent.

The marriage and poverty statistics hold true when comparing non-married families of the same race and educational level. In 2011, the United States government spent about $330 billion on medical care, food, cash assistance, and housing for poor single parents.

A total of 71 percent of poor families live in a single parent home, typically with a mother. The new marriage and poverty study also reports that children living with a single parent are more likely to have behavioral and emotional issues, have school performance problems, smoke, drink, sex drugs, and be physically abused. In 2010, 41 percent of all American children were born out of wedlock.

Do you find the results of the new marriage and poverty study surprising?

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10 Responses to “New Study Reveals 71 Percent Of Children Born To Unmarried Parents Likely To Live In Poverty”

  1. Patrick Frye

    Not surprised one bit. I've been working with older teenagers and twenty-somethings for years. So far my wife and I have used our guest room to help 6 people. We're helping the current one, who is from a single mom home, get out of debt and get on his own feet financially. Millennials are struggling financially in general, but many seem to come from single parent homes.

  2. Mark Rafferty

    I was into foster are at age 2.. to a single parent. Life never did be fruitful after that. I had no way to pay for education, I felt completely forlorn (who are these people and what do they want with me?) and unable to succeed. It's left me sad and unhappy, all I ever wanted was my education and no one could give it to me, because I was really in poverty. You can't choose though so if it happens – it happens; you just have to live with that realization and try to be ambitious and move on.

  3. Linus Dramafree Murray

    All those married parents out there…raising your child or childred as a family in this crazy world we live in you guys deserve to be rewarded with a national holiday! Keep up the good work!

  4. Steve James

    Well, I thank the Inquisitir for bringing this story to my attention. I don't expect to see it reported in other media, because somebody might get offended.

  5. Pamela Coley Schrock

    I grew up in a single mom home in Germantown which is just a few blocks from Fishtown. The difference between then and now has more to do with the cost of living going up while wages are not keeping up and the lack of education funds in middle to low income areas. Better education equals better life choices. When my mom was raising us, she could afford to live in her home, own a car and pay for our basic necessities on an RN's salary. We even got to go on vacations once in a while. Now, her hospital was bought and sold and her pension evaporated. Her 401k went bust with the economy and she had to start over at almost 60 years of age. That isn't because SHE made poor choices…. She didn't choose to lose her job and her pension. So, I say Chucky is full of shit and his theory is more Reaganomics Era rhetoric than fact. In science just because there is correlation, that does not automatically imply causation…

  6. Amanda Robertson

    This article is extremely mislsading. It is not about unmarried parents, it is basing its assumptions on Single Parent families. Big difference than parents who just aren't married. Also, poor children do not look like this stock photo. They look just like everyone else, they aren't all sad, forlorn messy haired little beings. As for you, Mark Rafferty… YOU are responsible for your future, nobody else is. I grew up dirt poor, I have an education. I busted my ass and still do for everything I have. I got scholarships, student loans and lived within my means. If you have no work ethic that is on you, if you are not succesful, that is on you. If you want more, do more, be more…. You have the choice. I am so sick of hearing sob stories from people who dxpect the world yo be handed to them. You are not given an education….you GET one. You work for it. All of the protests and BS going on because an entire generation of lazy kids have nobody offering them jobs make me sick.

  7. Cassaundra-Leigh Pitul

    I agree with you 100%. It seems like our generation and the one behind us want everything handed to them on a silver platter. We also did not have alot of money growing up and I started working as soon as I could and have never stopped. I think part of the problem also may be parents handing their kids everything. I don't believe it has anything to do with unmarried parents.

  8. Amy Vaillant

    This study actually says 71 percent of children in poverty live with a single parent. This is much different than 71 percent of children of single parents living in poverty. Even the title is misleading.

  9. Don Fawcett

    I do agree Amanda that the article as mixed the categories to a degree, but the correlation of poverty to birth out of wedlock is so well established in research that it is almost irrefutable. See David Blankenhorn's book from years ago- "Fatherless America." The chances of the child born out of wedlock to be raised in poverty are much higher than the child born into a family where mom and dad are present. I don't see what is really controversial about this data. It is what it is, regardless of how the social engineers of this nation want to tell us that it is not the case.

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