Two-parent families aren't always an advantage

  • Article by: W. Bradford Wilcox , Foreign Policy
  • Updated: January 21, 2013 - 7:19 PM

When it comes to education, a two-parent family seems less important in the developing world. What accounts for this surprising result?

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viqueenfailJan. 21, 13 2:16 PM

And this involves Obama how?

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avejoeconJan. 21, 13 3:47 PM

In reading thru this article, it shows two parent families are doing well in nearly every study. What is with the headline. It goes directly against what the article states!

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lalahemJan. 21, 13 4:13 PM

Please re-read article. The comparison is between developed and developing. In developing society, the extended family plays a larger role in the raising and schooling of children. The Developed (western) model of nuclear family only seems to be taking a hit. Not only are extended families more active in developing nations, whether one or two parent homes, but in the developed nations, the single parent seems to be left to fend for themselves. Maybe when we talk about "family friendly" or "family oriented" we need to talk about a changing model.

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Thumper5316Jan. 21, 13 4:15 PM

What I got out of the article is that we are cheap when it comes to government benefits in the US. Instead, what should be focused on is that parents should really provide a two parent home for their children. I am not responsible for paying more of my money because others fail to provide for their own children. If I must then take them out of such a dysfunctional environment and I'll raise them myself.

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joejoe1Jan. 21, 13 4:25 PM

Indeed, there are more social services available to keep single-parent children from falling through the cracks in a developed country. We definitely have fewer street urchins asking for change, although I'm not sure what to do with all these twopence coins now...

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stpauloldiesJan. 21, 13 4:26 PM

"What I got out of the article is that we are cheap when it comes to government benefits in the US." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ You got the wrong message. The article clearly illustrated that single parents in developing countries, where they don't get any government assistance, are far more likely to have successful children than in all of the developed countries where they get a ton of assistance. The reason for this is that liberal attitudes in society and government of developed countries produce breakdowns of family values and family cohesion. It's clearly the FAMILIES that cause the success of the children, as clearly shown in the developing countries, not the level of assistance.

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justusecnnJan. 21, 13 4:40 PM

Since the article didn't state otherwise I'm guessing the two parent household was one man and one woman. W. probably sat on this article until after the amendment vote was over.

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pumiceJan. 21, 13 5:50 PM

Re: "And this involves Obama how?" Let's count the ways, viqueenfail: (1) "intact, two-parent family"; (2) "stable home where there are two adults to care for them, help them with schoolwork, and participate in after-school activities"; (3) can depend upon a "minimum level of school competency"; (4) whose father "appear[s] to take a much more hands-on approach to their children's schooling"; (5) whose children are less "likely to fall behind in school, more likely to excel in reading and less likely to have repeated a grade"; (6) "live with and depend heavily on extended family members"; (7) whose children's advantages are likely to translate into benefits which "extend into adulthood, including better work opportunities, higher incomes, and more wealth". (From the article)

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davehougJan. 21, 13 6:07 PM

article = more adults in household who CARE about the student's schooling, the better.

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puerileJan. 21, 13 7:33 PM

I think this article misses a crucial point, at least in one developing country that I know a lot about. In India generally only upper-class couples divorce. In fact only they can afford to. Therefore, kids raised by one parents are far more often to come from a well-off family. I would venture to guess that this is true in other developing countries as well. I also wonder about the sample size because the divorce rate in developing countries is so much lower than Sweden or the U.S.

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