Can Marriage Recover from the Assault of Radical Individualism?

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The following was featured as a Graph for the Day on The American Thinker Blog.

Married couple households are now less than half of households in the U.S.

“The Congress makes the following findings: (1) Marriage is the foundation of a successful society. (2) Marriage is an essential institution of a successful society which promotes the interests of children. (3) Promotion of responsible fatherhood and motherhood is integral to successful child rearing and the well-being of children.”

– Public Law 104-193: Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996.

” . . . changes in American marriage and family structure since the 1960s have decreased the mean level of child well-being in the population, lowered the well-being of many adults, increased child poverty, and placed a large financial burden on our society.”[1]

– Paul Amato (Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University)

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Index of Change in Household Composition – 1950 to 2010 :

Decrease in percent of married couples, 1950 to 1970: 7.6 percentage points

Decrease in percent of married couples, 1970 to 1990: 14.6 percentage points

Decrease in percent of married couples, 1990 to 2010: 6.3 percentage points


[1] Amato, Paul R., ” Recent Changes in Family Structure, Implications for Children, Adults, and Society,” NHMRC Brief, April 2008. http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org/docs/changefamstructure.pdf

Janice Shaw Crouse, Ph.D., author of Children at Risk (Transaction, 2010), is Senior Fellow, The Beverly LaHaye Institute, Concerned Women for America.

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