I read an article today highlighting a study conducted by Lisa Strohschein, a sociologist at the University of Alberta in Canada titled: “Divorced Parents Do A Good Job.” Conventional wisdom leads me to question her findings because I think divorce would change parental controls, and lead to children taking advantage of separated parents. I think some parents can do a good job raising their children married or not; however, the article fails to discuss the impact of divorce on the children—socially, etc..
It seems that education and financial status play a role as well:
“Strohschein found that parents who had no more than high-school degrees became less consistent and relied more on punishment to discipline misbehaving children over the course of the study compared with parents who had post-secondary degrees (college and/or graduate school). Households with an annual income ranging from $40,000 to $59,999 in 1994 showed a greater decrease in nurturing behaviors compared with wealthier homes (more than $80,000 annually).”