Is Marriage the Solution to Reducing Poverty and Violence in America?
The Brookings Institution has concluded that if the U.S. had the marriage rates today that it had in 1970, there would be a 25 percent drop in poverty. In 1970, almost 80 percent of all American adults were married, compared to 52 percent now.
In addition to greater financial stability for the family, children reap several benefits. They perform better in school, get into less trouble with the law, and there are lower teen pregnancy and drug addiction rates.
Weber said the next generation will lack marital skills as a result of a loss of modeling. “We have celebrities who are modeling unwed parenthood but they have millions of dollars and they don’t realize that they’re modeling something for people who live paycheck to paycheck.”
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