New Study Shows Children Do Best in Intact, Worshipping Families


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 16, 2008
CONTACT: David Miller, Vice President of Public Policy, (513) 733-5775

New Study Confirms Children Living in Intact Married Families that Worship Weekly Experience Multiple Benefits

CCV co-releases study demonstrating fewer problems at home and at school

Cincinnati, Ohio – A new study released today by Citizens for Community Values (CCV) in conjuction with Family Research Council, finds that children have fewer problems at school and home when they (a) live with both biological parents, and (b) frequently attend religious services. Drs. Nicholas Zill(1) and Philip Fletcher(2) co-authored the new study which analyzes data from the National Survey of Children’s Health.

Among the study’s remarkable findings:

1. Children in this group are five times less likely to repeat a grade.
2. Children in this group are less likely to have behavioral problems at home and school.
3. Children in this group are more likely to be cooperative and understanding of others’ feelings.
4. Parents of these children report less stress, healthier parent-child relationships, and fewer concerns about their children’s achievement.

These differences hold up even after controlling for family income and poverty, low parent education levels, and race and ethnicity.

Ohio ranks only slightly above the national average with respect to the percentage of children living in an intact married family, and slightly below the national average in the frequency of worship category.

David Miller, CCV’s Vice President of Public Policy, issued the following statement regarding the study’s findings and relevancy:

“This study once again illustrates that children who are in an intact, married family, which worships together regularly, experience fewer behavioral problems, less stress, healthier relationships and greater educational achievement.

The fact is, social science data consistently confirms that the intact, married family that worships weekly is the nation’s greatest generator of human goods and social benefits. Legislators must take these critical family structure factors into consideration when proposing public policy.

Every policy maker should strongly consider whether their proposals give support and encouragement to such a policy structure. Children are not the only beneficiaries but also their parents, families, communities, and all of society.”