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Kids Better Off Living with Biological Parents Who Worship


New Survey Shows Children Have Fewer Problems When They Live In Intact Married Families that Worship Weekly

Washington D.C. - A new study released today by Family Research Council's Mapping America Project finds that children have fewer problems at school and home when they live with both biological parents and frequently attend religious services. Drs. Nicholas Zill and Philip Fletcher co-authored the new study which analyzes data from the National Survey of Children's Health.

Among their remarkable findings: children in this group are five times less likely to repeat a grade, less likely to have behavior problems at home and school, and are more likely to be cooperative and understanding of others' feelings. Parents of these children report less stress, healthier parent-child relationships, and fewer concerns about their children's achievement. These differences hold up even after controlling for family income and poverty, low parent education levels, and race and ethnicity.

Dr. Pat Fagan, senior fellow and the director of FRC's Center for Family and Religion released the following statement regarding the study's findings:

"This new study further illustrates that children thrive most when living in an intact married family that worships weekly. Fewer behavioral problems, less stress, healthier relationships and greater educational achievement are all benefits of this strong family structure.

"Social science data continue to demonstrate overwhelmingly that the intact married family that worships weekly is the greatest generator of human goods and social benefits and is the core strength of the United States. Policy makers should strongly consider whether their policy proposals give support to such a family structure. Children are not the only beneficiaries but also their parents, families, communities, and all of society."

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