According to Marripedia, children raised in intact families tend to be healthier, have better access to health care and exhibit less emotional and behavioral difficulties as compared to children raised in non-intact families.

However, the percent of married-parent families has significantly declined over the past 50 years, while the proportion of divorced, cohabiting and single-parent families has risen. This research summary offers evidence as to why promoting marriage is essential to ensure the physical and mental well-being of our nation’s youth.