Research Reveals Importance of Having Both Parents
A new study revealed that a child raised by two biological parents is less likely to experience adverse experiences than a child raised by one biological parent or no biological parents.
The study, which surveyed nearly 100,ooo people and was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, showed that children raised by two biological parents are much less likely than children raised by one or no biological parents to experience neighborhood violence, caregiver violence, caregiver incarceration, mentally ill caregivers, and alcohol or drug problems (see Figure 1).
Specifically, children raised by one biological parent were between 3 and 8 times more likely to have encountered traumatic experiences than a child raised by two biological parents. Children raised by no biological parents were between 5 and 17 times more likely to experience trauma than children raised by two biological parents.
Additionally, the study revealed that 70 percent of children raised by two biological parents did not encounter any adverse experiences. Over 30 percent of children raised by one biological parent faced one adverse family experience, and nearly 30 percent of children raised by no biological parents faced four traumatic experiences (see Figure 2).
The study suggests what therapists, counselors and church leaders have been saying for years: a child that is raised by both parents is much more emotionally stable and secure than children raised by only one parent or no biological parents. God designed families to have two parents that work side-by-side.
Of course, there are exceptions. Many single-parent families are effective at avoiding traumatic experiences, and successful families come in many forms. However, as the research suggests, families with two biological parents on average have fewer obstacles and traumatic experiences to overcome than other family models.
What can we do to promote the importance of the traditional parenting model?