Carol Platt Liebau: Marriage, Children & Abuse

Friday, May 11, 2007

Marriage, Children & Abuse

A couple of days ago, I posted this item --
"Children Need Their Fathers" -- in response to allegations that there were links between troop deployments and child abuse.

In point of fact, the relevant issue is that when troops are deployed, there are more single-parent homes, and abuse is more likely in these than in homes where the parents are married and living together. (In other words, the relevant variable isn't deployment to find in a war -- it's single parenthood).

Today, W. Bradford Wilcox has a brilliant defense of marriage up at NRO. As part of his piece, he notes:

Typically, two parents bring more social and economic resources to the parenting enterprise than does one parent. Two parents offer one another mutual support, encouragement, and relief when a child is difficult, disobedient, or depressed. For instance, a husband can step in and relieve a wife who has grown angry or exhausted with her children. This, by the way, is one reason married moms are more likely to have children who report good relationships with them; because of the financial, practical, and emotional support they receive from their husbands, married moms are more likely to be affectionate and authoritative — and less likely to be abusive — than are single mothers.


Blogger Earth to Carol said...

I seriously doubt Carol has a clue on this issue. There are many factors in child abuse. Some of the most important are societal values, mental illness, low income and stress, less education and predatory from those outside the family that take advantage of unguarded children, left on their own more.

Carol paints an ugly picture, blaming the single mother for abusing her own children. This does occur but is only a small contribution to cases of child abuse.

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