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The Second Annual Index of Family Belonging and Rejection

June 1, 2012 Comments off
Source:  Family Research Council
The Index of Family Belonging was 45.8 percent with a corresponding Family Rejection score of 54.2 percent for the United States for the year 2009. The action of parents determines the belonging or rejection score: whether they marry and belong to each other, or whether they reject one another through divorce or otherwise. Rejection leaves children without married parents committed to one another and to the intact family in which the child was to be brought up.
Minnesota was the state with the most intact families in the nation and had a Family Belonging Index score of 57 percent. Regionally, the Northeast had the highest average Family Belonging Index (49.6 percent).
The implications of such a high Family Rejection score for all of the nation’s major institutions are grave, and this report’s exploration of the relationship between the Family Belonging Index and such serious public policy issues as children’s schooling, poverty, and teenage unmarried births underscores the somber implications for the nation’s future.
Given the national level of rejection between parents (54.2 percent), there is no way for the majority of the nation’s children to avoid the weakening effects of family breakdown. It is unavoidable that the major institutions of future families, church, school, the marketplace, and government will be similarly weakened as these children gradually take their place within these institutions. As a society we cannot but become weaker. The effects of this weakening will be played out in all these fundamental institutions in the years to come.
With out of wedlock birthrates now above 40 percent, declining marriage rates, and very high divorce rates, it seems safe to predict that the Index of Rejection will continue to mount.
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