- Nov 20, 2008
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Sure, but you could probably say that about any study involving humans. When all humans are different, how do you limit it down to one variable? At some point, you have to accept there will be differences between the participants, but it doesn’t mean you can’t draw trends from the data.Thanks for the cited numbers and the response.
The main problem I have with it is this: prove to me that all the negative things you're talking about aren't actually caused by lower income, rather than only having one parent.
Very difficult to decouple such factors and thus prove that any single factor is mostly responsible for negative outcomes.
Now if it was changed to "single parent households who are well below average household income, are more likely to result in negative life outcomes for the children", then I'd be more likely to support that idea.
Of course, some of the negative effects could be associated with a lower socioeconomic status. However, that often goes hand-in-hand with having a single parent household. They are not mutually exclusive. The thing that people like to ignore is that the poverty rate for married couples is crazy low. Irrespective if one or both work, the rate is super low. I’m sure you’ll blast me for this and label me as some right wing nut job, as that seems to be the playbook in the current world we live. But according to the stats, it’s really easy to stay out of poverty- find a partner that isn’t a derelict, get married, and have kids after that. See the first link below. The poverty rate for all married couples is 4%. That is obscenely low. The poverty rate of woman-led households with no male is 22.2%. The poverty rate of male-led households with no female is 11.5%. That’s 5.5x higher and 2.9x higher. Then look at poverty rates of married and non-married people with kids. The poverty rate of a female-only household with kids is 36.5%, which is 5.7x higher than married couples. This doesn’t even take into account job status- this covers all. But the poverty rate of a married couple where both work in any capacity is 0.9% (second link).