Last week’s article showcases key points that suggest that while some trends are improving, other measures of kids’ well-being are worsening as compared to the 2000 census, e.g. teen births, which are dramatically increasing. Interestingly, one of t he key measurements the article points to as showing a decline in well-being is an increase in the number of children living in single-parent households. This seems more judgemental as a measurement tool than, say, low-birth-weight, which has specific medical conditions associated with it. We at FamilyWorks value single parents and have seen many a wonderful family headed by one parent instead of two. What do you think of the government’s use of the controversial statistic in this way? What do you think about the other statistics the study uses to measure child well-being, and the assumptions behind them?
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