Dr. W. Bradford Wilcox, (Ph.D from Princeton University, research fellowships at Yale University and the Brookings Institution) presents new international research from the World Family Map 2014 showing how family characteristics may affect child development and well-being including health outcomes and child mortality rates.
Recent trends: retreat from marriage, parenting, and fertility
All these data were controlled for parents’ age, education, income, and background:
1/2 of the worlds’ countries are below replacement
more kids are born without 2 parents and outside of marriage (parents much more likely to break up before 15 years old)
males in 1-parent homes: much more commonly incarcerated
females in 1-parent homes: much more teenage pregnancy
kids in poverty with 2 parents: much better economic success than kids in poverty with 1 parent
drug use, suicide rates, and repeating grades in school were much higher with 1 parent
literacy, health indicators, and mortaily are all lower in homes with 1 parent
2 parents: more time, $, more affection, kinship support, and stable family context
This isn’t the LDS EFY speaker, Brad Wilcox. This is a non-member who teaches at the U of Virginia. This guy is a sharp sociologist.
Marriage and family facilitates faith, among so much else that is good.
Watch a few of his videos:
Short video by Prager University:
The Good Dad: The Transformative Power of Fatherhood for Men and Children.
W. Bradford Wilcox, associate professor of Sociology and director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, remarks on marriage, economics, and poverty during a plenary panel at the World Congress of Families IX, October 29, 2015.