Fatherhood, Cohabitation, and Marriage.

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Journal Name
Gender Issues
Journal Volume
23
Journal Issue
4
Page Count
16
Year Published
2006
Author (Individual)
Horn, Wade F.
Resource Type
Journal Article
Resource Format
PDF
Resource Language
English
In "Fatherhood, Cohabitation, and Marriage," Wade F. Horn, Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services, summarizes the importance of fathers to child well-being. He explains that "fatherlessness is a significant risk factor for poor developmental outcomes for children." This connection has led some observers to view cohabitation as a substitute or at least an alternative to marriage. Horn argues, however, that marriage is the best option for children and that cohabitation is a weak family structure compared with marriage. Children in households with married parents do better on almost every measure of child well-being, even after controlling for income. (Author abstract)

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