New survey links intact family unit and weekly worship with positive development for children

Posted on January 22, 2009


The Family Research Council released a report recently citing a new survey  on the effect family dynamics and religion have on the development of children.  Not surprisingly, their data joins a litany of other social science research demonstrating that children who live with two biological parents that attend weekly worship are more likely to experience fewer problems at school and home.  You can download the complete survey at the Mapping America Project’s website.

In summarizing their results, Dr. Nicholas Zill writes:

An intact two-parent family and regular church attendance are each associated with fewer problem behaviors, more positive social development, and fewer parental concerns about the child’s learning and achievement. Taken together, the two home-environment factors have an additive relationship with child well-being. That is, children who live in an intact family and attend religious services regularly generally come out best on child development measures, while children who do neither come out worst. Children with one factor in their favor, but not the other, fall in between, scoring less well than those who have both factors going for them, but better than those who have neither factor in their favor.

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