Marriage from a Child’s Perspective: How Does Family Structure Affect Children, and What Can We Do about It?

Publication Date:

June 01, 2002

This research brief reviews evidence on the effects of family structure on children, as well as key trends in family structure over the last few decades.

Note: This Child Trends brief summarizes research conducted in 2002, when neither same-sex parents nor adoptive parents were identified in large national surveys. Therefore, no conclusions can be drawn from this research about the wellbeing of children raised by same-sex parents or adoptive parents.