Did You Know?
- Research shows that one fifth of US children are born into cohabiting-couple families. 1
- Young children are more likely than in the past to live in a cohabiting household. In 2002, 2.9 million children under age 15 lived with an unmarried parent and his or her unmarried partner. 2
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1. Waldfogel, J., Craigie, T., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2010). Fragile families and child wellbeing. The Future of Children 20 (2), 87-112. Retrieved from http://futureofchildren.org/futureofchildren/publications/docs/20_02_05.pdf
2. U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Marriage and cohabitation in the United States: A statistical portrait based on Cycle 6 (2002) of the National Survey of Family Growth. Washington, D. C.: Author. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_23/sr23_028.pdf
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What the Research Says:
• Current and past research has found that a number of factors promote the well-being of children in cohabiting families (as well as other family structures). These include: parental resources (both economic and social), parents’ relationship quality, parents’ mental health, parenting quality, and father involvement. 1
• For both married and cohabiting couples, research has found that better relationship quality leads to more engaged parenting with positive outcomes for children.2