This page is a work in progress as we regularly add links to the most updated studies that impact families.
Evidence shows that children of broken homes are more likely to experience poverty, teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol addiction, depression, reduced educational attainment, decreased longevity and suicidal thoughts. (Why marriage matters, Third Edition)
Children of Cohabiting parents are 9 times more likely to suffer physical, sexual, and emotional abuse if their parents move into cohabiting relationships. (Why marriage matters, Third Edition)
Children born in stable, intact families with a loving mother and father fare better on almost every measurable outcome. (Why marriage matters, Third Edition)
Health & Longevity
Casa Family Day - Founded in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Family Day works with organizations across the country to educate parents about how everyday activities, like sharing a meal, playing a game, or asking about their day, can make a difference in the life of a child. With the support of corporations, community leaders, ...and thousands of local groups, Family Day helps communities prevent teen drug use.
Whether young or old, male or female, low-income or not, those who said that they were more religious reported higher average levels of commitment to their partners, higher levels of marital satisfaction, less thinking and talking about divorce and lower levels of negative interaction. These patterns held true when controlling for such important variables as income, education, and age at first marriage. (Marriage in Oklahoma - 2001 study)
Effectiveness of Relationship & Marriage Education
Both men and women reported positive impacts from RME attendance, with nearly three-quarters (74%) of participants experiencing increases in problem-solving abilities. (Healthy Relationships California - HRC)
Both unmarried and married participants reported positive impacts from RME attendance, and over half (52%) of highly distressed married participants experienced a significant decrease in relationship distress. (HRC)
Across all income levels, participants experienced positive improvements after participating in RME, most notably in the lowest income bracket (under $15,000). Unmarried participants in this group increased their communication skills by 80%, while married participants from the lowest income bracket saw a 67% increase in these skills. (HRC)
The impact of RME on marital satisfaction endured, with 69% of participants satisfied with their marriage 6 months after the end of their RME source. (HRC)
WHY MARRIAGE MATTERS, THIRDEDITION: A REPORT FROM FAMILY SCHOLARS, INSTITUTE FOR AMERICAN VALUES NATIONAL MARRIAGE PROJECT 2011 HTTP://NATIONALMARRIAGEPROJECT.ORG/WP-CONTENT/UPLOADS/2012/06/WMM_SUMMARY.PDF
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS: THE SPIRITUAL LIVES OF CHILDREN OF DIVORCE BY ELIZABETH MARQUARDT 2007 - READ BLOG AT HTTP://WWW.HUFFINGTONPOST.COM/ELIZABETH-MARQUARDT/THE-SPIRITUALITY-OF-CHILD_B_798400.HTML
PREPARE ENRICH: MARRIAGE & FAMILY FACTS 2011 HTTPS://WWW.PREPARE-ENRICH.COM/PE/PDF/RESEARCH/2011/MARRIAGE_AND_FAMILY_FACTS_2011.PDF
FIVE-YEAR STUDY DOCUMENTS THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF RELATIONSHIP AND MARRIAGE EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN CA = READ ENTIRE ARTICLE AT: HTTP://WWW.RELATIONSHIPSCA.ORG/BLOG/2013/06/FIVE-YEAR-STUDY-DOCUMENTS-THE-POSITIVE-IMPACT-OF-RELATIONSHIP-AND-MARRIAGE-EDUCATION-PROGRAMS-IN-CALIFORNIA/