LIVING ON THE HILL: Data Shows Cohabitation Hurts The Kids, Encourages Inequalities

It’s become a commonplace on Capitol Hill and elsewhere that an unmarried man and a woman living together “can raise kids just as well as married couples.”

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

But that’s not what social science data shows, according to Francie Broghammer of the Institute for Family Studies (IFS). Broghammer summarizes what the data shows thusly:

“Cohabiting parents tend to be younger, have lower levels of educational attainment, and face more economic instability. (For reference, 54% of cohabiting parents have a high school diploma or less, and 16% live below the poverty line.

“In contrast, 43% of married parents have a bachelor’s degree or greater, and only 8% live below the poverty line). This naturally means there are fewer social and economic resources available to both cohabiting parents and their children.

“Furthermore, children of cohabiting parents are more likely to experience depression, drug abuse, and drop out of school, compared to children of married parents. These ‘risk factors’ all place strain on the family and increase the likelihood that children will experience negative social, emotional, and psychological outcomes.”

Why should folks working for a senator, representative or congressional committee care about these realities? First, because such jobs may well put you in a position to do something about them.

Second, because men and women working on the Hill do now already or eventually will have families of their own for which they naturally want the best possible outcomes.

Finally, as Broghammer explains, “by accepting the notion that ‘couples who are living together but not married can raise children just as well as married couples,’ Americans may be embracing a family model that will deepen the economic, racial, and social inequalities of our country.”

Go here to read the rest of Broghammer’s thought-provoking analysis.


Author: Mark Tapscott

Follower of Christ, devoted husband of Claudia, doting father and grandfather, conservative lover of liberty, journalist and First Amendment fanatic, former Hill and Reagan aide, vintage Formula Ford racer, Okie by birth/Texan by blood/proud of both, resident of Maryland. Go here:

3 thoughts on “LIVING ON THE HILL: Data Shows Cohabitation Hurts The Kids, Encourages Inequalities”

  1. Pingback: BUT IT’S FOR THE CHILDREN: That’s what liberals so often say in defense of their favorite policies, … – The usa report
  2. Why not include the inequality and education levels related to stability of married and cohabiting child-free couples. I venture to say that the smarter, better-educated and “more” equal couples of either kind will be those who forgo kids altogether (while at the same time sparing their neighbors and fellow taxpayers loads of noise, crime, pollution and expense).


Comments are closed.