This research paper examines the question of who should care for children when biological parents cannot. The authors take a child-centred approach and base their conclusions on the evidence from the social sciences.
1.The best environment for children is being raised by married parents.
2.Cohabiting households appear to be associated with more instability and danger for children. Indeed it is possible to interpret the social science as suggesting that even a single parent household would be a better adoption choice than a cohabiting household.
Although this paper looks at adoption, the conclusions are highly relevant for the issue of marriage. It is just another in a procession of social science studies and research papers that confirm that the best environment for raising children is married biological parents.
The authors sum it up as follows:
‘The social science is clear: on average, children do best in a married home, compared to the alternatives, and for this reason adoption laws and regulations should clearly favour married parents….we think the science suggests that a single parent home would offer more stability and safety for a child than a cohabiting couple. So we will argue for a weak preference for a single parent over a cohabiting couple when it comes to placing children in an adoptive home.
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