Maggie Gallagher: Warning: Your Romance May Be Dangerous to Your Kids

Maggie Gallagher at Human Events: But a new crop of research is challenging the idea that the main or only problem with the decline of marriage is the absence of fathers. An equally big or even bigger problem may be the churning romantic lives of unmarried and divorced mothers. A new study in the July 2011 issue of Sociology of Education by Arizona State University professor Carey E. Cooper and colleagues (including Princeton’s esteemed family scholar Sara S. McLanahan) looked at how “partnership instability” affected children’s well-being at age 5, using data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a national survey that follows approximately 5,000 parents and their children from birth to age 5.