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The Changing Family (Townhall.com) July 15, 2011

Posted by daviddavenport in Radio Commentaries.

Take a guess. What percentage ofCaliforniachildren would you say grow up in a

Courtesy of Townhall.com

 traditional household—with one male and one female parent married to each other? New data from the U.S. Census says the answer is just 23 percent of households. 

Instead is a host of new living arrangements:  single-parent households (up 20 percent since the last census), same-sex households (up 25 percent), unmarried opposite sex partners and so forth. 

But what does this mean for children? Shuttling back and forth between parents? Greater financial pressures?  Studies still show that kids born to unmarried parents or raised in single-parent households are more likely to be poor and more likely to commit crimes. 

Since these changes have taken place so recently, research does not yet have answers. But I fear that new freedoms and structures in families may not bode well for children.

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