• Marriage and Child well-being: Research and Policy Perspectives

    Overview
    The author reviews literature from 2000-2010 that addresses the relationship between marriage and children’s well-being.

    Key findings
    1. Children residing in two-biological-parent married families tend to enjoy better outcomes than do their counterparts raised in other family forms. Children living with two biological married parents experience better educational, social, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes than do other children, on average
    2. Anything other than 2 parent married biological parents appears to be associated with poorer outcomes . Any variations in well-being among children living outside of two-biological-parent married families (e.g., married step, cohabiting, and single- parent families) is comparatively low and often negligible.
    3. The benefits associated with marriage not only are evident in the short-term but also endure through adulthood
    4. Marriage er se does not seem to confer advantages for children, as children in married stepfamilies fare worse than do those in two-biological-parent married families, instead appearing similar to those in single-mother families Similarly, biological parentage per se does not account for the advantages that children enjoy in two-biological-parent married families; children in two-biological-parent cohabiting families have worse outcomes, on average. It is the COMBINATION of ‘two-biological-parent’ and ‘married’ that gives kids the best outcomes, on average
    5. Family stability is as important for child well-being as family structure and has both immediate and long-term benefits for children. Family instability during high school has been linked to young adult outcomes, including high school graduation, college enrollment, smoking and drinking, and sexual initiation
    6. Children and adolescents who experience parental divorce tend to exhibit poorer outcomes than their counterparts who remain in stable, two-biological-parent married families. This pattern of findings has been evident across multiple domains of well-being
    7. Thus, although stable living arrangements tend to promote child well-being, not all stable family forms are beneficial for children.Stepfamilies face considerable challenges to effective functioning, specifically, the renegotiation of family roles . The negative effects on children’s outcomes seemingly accumulate with each transition into or out of marriage
    8. Similarly, adolescents fared worse, on average, in stable cohabiting than in married stepfamilies. The more time spent in cohabiting stepfamilies, the greater was the likelihood of marijuana use.

    Conclusion
    “Research has demonstrated that neither marriage nor residing with two biological parents is in itself a sufficient condition, as children in married stepfamilies, complex two-biological-parent married families, and two-biological-parent cohabiting families fare worse, on average, than do their counterparts in simple two-biological-parent married families …The growing emphasis on the dynamics of family experiences has revealed that the types and timing of family transitions are linked to child outcomes. Cohabitation and marital transitions have unique effects on children; stability in cohabiting families is not necessarily beneficial for children “

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of opposition to your local Member of Parliament if they support same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM)

  2. You have been identified as a supporter of SSM on the ‘Australians for Marriage Equality’ (AME) website. If you do not support SSM, then I urge you to have your name removed from the AME website

  3. If you do indeed support SSM then I will be unable to vote for you at the next election. I will also be unable to vote for ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing. ‘

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

  2. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

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Please find below key points you may wish to consider when sending a message of support to your local Member of Parliament if they oppose same sex marriage.

These points should be used as a foundation of your email but we recommend you personalise the email to ENSURE YOUR IMPORTANT MESSAGE IS NOT IGNORED.

Be friendly, polite and urge your MPs to let the people vote on this issue.

YOUR MESSAGE OF OPPOSITION TO MPS WHO SUPPORT SSM SHOULD CONTAIN AT THE VERY LEAST THESE 4 KEY POINTS:

  1. I believe marriage should remain between a man and a woman. I am strongly opposed to the redefinition of marriage to allow Same Sex Marriage (SSM). It is my understanding that you also support marriage remaining between a man and a woman and I congratulate you for that.

  2. This issue will decide my vote in future elections. If you continue to oppose SSM then I will vote for you.

  3. If you change your position then unfortunately I will be unable to vote for you or ANY POLITICAL PARTY that officially supports SSM.

  4. I will be telling my friends and family to do the same thing

IF YOU WISH TO ADD MORE DETAIL, THEN SOME OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING 4 POINTS COULD BE INCLUDED

  1. I urge you to examine the significant body of evidence that shows that the gold standard for children is to be raised by MARRIED BIOLOGICAL MOTHER AND FATHER. Please see: www.thebigdealaboutmarriage.com.au/category/marriage-children.

  2. The LGBTI population represents only 3% of the Australian population and only 0.7% of cohabiting couples (Australian Bureau Statistics). These couples ALREADY HAVE all the same rights as heterosexual de facto relationships. Why are we risking major societal change changing marriage laws for a small minority of Australians to give them much the same rights as they ALREADY HAVE?

  3. Marriage is the foundational institution of our society and any redefinition to allow SSM has the potential to have significantly negative effects on our society.

  4. I believe that the primary purpose of marriage is to ensure that wherever possible, children are raised by their biological mother and father. Marriage is therefore about what is best for our kids, not about validating the desires and feelings of adults.

SOME POSTCODES MAY SHOW MORE THAN ONE MP. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ALL THE MPS SHOWN

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