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NAN: Stability of Family Life

According to the Alabama Policy Institute, research indicates that most children in non-intact families are at an educational and social disadvantage compared to children in traditional families.

Children who have a solid and supportive family structure tend to do better in life than those who don’t. Children who have healthy relationships with their parents and family members and who have parents who are interested in their daily lives tend to feel better about themselves and their family unit. 

According to a 2012 study “Family Structure, Family Stability, and Outcomes of Five-Year-Old Children” in Families, relationships and societies : in international journal of research and debate, children of stably married parents appear to have at least some advantage in their cognitive, behavioral, and health development relative to children raised in other stable and unstable family structures.

The findings of this published research indicate that stable marriage is associated with the highest cognitive scores and the fewest behavioral problems. Stable marriage yields lower obesity relative to single-parent families, and lower probability of asthmatic episodes relative to step-parent families. The authors claim that marital stability largely accounts for the observed marriage premiums given that instability from divorce, remarriage, and even marriage after the child’s birth yield worse outcomes relative to stable marriages.

Adverse child outcomes associated with family instability may be explained by social stress, residential instability, and instability in social networks, according to the authors.

Since nannies work with many types of families, it can be beneficial to have an understanding of how family stability affects child development so that they can best support the children in their care.

Michelle LaRoweNAN: Stability of Family Life