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The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette on marriage fading in mid-America:

6:41 PM, Feb. 23, 2013  |  Comments
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The University of Virginia's National Marriage Project has released another disturbing report. It reiterates that marriage remains strong for college-educated couples - but it's disintegrating in "Middle America," the nearly 60 percent of the populace with only high school diplomas.

As the gulf between affluent Americans and the less-privileged keeps widening, vast numbers of high school graduates apparently can't find careers solid enough to support secure families.

"Among that group, 44 percent of children are now born outside of marriage, up sharply from 13 percent in the 1980s," the project says. This bodes ill because "children born or raised outside of marriage are more likely to suffer from a range of emotional and social problems - including drug use, depression, and attempted suicide - compared to children in intact married families."

The Institute for American Values, which helped write the report, said: "The retreat from marriage is both a cause and a consequence of increasing inequality in America."

To boost wedlock among less-affluent high school graduates, the National Marriage Project report urges various efforts such as more specialized job training, and "triple the child tax credit to shore up the economic foundations of family life in Middle America."

For a substantial share of the United States, economic mobility will be out of reach, their childrens' life chances will diminish, and large numbers of young men will live apart from the civilizing power of married life."

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