Experts Warn About Problems Arising from Kids Born Out of Wedlock
Experts say that the Biblical family structure is still healthy and strong even if recent figures show that the number of children born outside of wedlock continues its increase according to research done in both the U.S. and U.K.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) in the U.K. has just released data which shows that nearly half of the children born in England and Wales are born out of wedlock.
The data also shows that, if the current trend continues, children born to married parents will be in the minority by the year 2016.
The ONS data covers a period of 74 years, from 1938 to 2012, and the data shows that about 48 percent of all the live births in the U.K. occur outside of marriage, a jump of nearly 7 percent from ten years ago.
According to the data, less than 5 percent of babies born in the 1950’s were born to single mothers and in 1980 the number didn’t quite reach 12 percent.
However, these figures don’t only apply to England and Wales, apparently all across the Western world, in developed nations, the number of single mothers are increasing at an alarming rate.
According to a report by CBS News this March, the number of first births to occur in the U.S. to single mothers is 48 percent of the total of all live births. The report continues that two-thirds of American women, by the time they reach 30 years old, will have had a child out of wedlock.
Apparently, among those women who have not graduated from high school, the number is even greater, with 83 percent of first births occurring to unmarried mothers.
According to the CBS News report, young unmarried couples are more likely to have financial difficulties, than those that are married, according to the Biblical family model.
The data also shows that almost 40 percent of couples that live together instead of getting married split up before their first child reaches his or her fifth birthday.
However, among those couples who follow the biblical principal and lead a happy married life, their children are less likely to suffer with their studies at school and don’t seem to have the same behavioral problems as those children to unmarried parents.
Bradford Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, said “The biggest downside to delayed marriage in America is that many young adults are now putting the baby carriage before marriage.”
Tim Loughton, a former Children’s Minister in the U.K. said that if the parents of young children have publicly exchanged marriage vows, they are less likely to split up and are more likely to commit to their marriage and their family.
Loughton goes on to say that if couples have not exchanged marriage vows in front of family and friends, they think they can drift in and out of the relationship more easily.
Children who grow up in a healthy family atmosphere with married parents tend to have a better start and more of a chance to succeed in life, according to Loughton.