29 June 2011

In defense of marriage and family.

"Divorce has a stronger effect on problem behavior
and psychological distress than race, birth order, moving, 
having a new sibling, experiencing the illness or death of 
a significant family member, being ill, or having parents with little education. 
It has a stronger effect on teen pregnancy than exposure to family violence in 
early childhood, low family income, and a low level of education. 
The association is larger than the link between smoking and cancer. 
This is not a problem that we should blow out of proportion, 
but it is not a problem we should ignore."
-- Divorce: Causes and Consequences  
by professor of psychology and social behavior 
at University of California-Irvine Alison Clarke-Stewart 
and assistant professor of psychology 
at Chapman University Cornelia Brentano

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