Significant Rise in Cohabiting Births, Reveals CDC
As per a study being taken out by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has been found that there has been a 12% rise in the number of births among unwed couples living together since 2002.
A fast rise has been seen between 2006 and 2010, said Gladys Martinez, who is the study's lead author. She further affirmed that the rise has been witnessed as now more couples live together before marriage.
"More people are cohabiting. It's more likely that they are going to have children when in cohabiting unions”, said Martinez. She said that it has been seen that children who are born to single mother generally suffers more instability and are brought up in such an environment, where fewer resources are provided to them.
In comparison to it, child gets more facilities when a partner is there with a woman. Martinez said that responsibilities are shared, so mother does not have to bear all the burden of bringing up her child.
The study has revealed that there has been a rise of 30% in the number of births taking place before marriage. The percentage is quite high and is almost double when one compares it with the percentage of 2002.
In 2002, 17% births took place among couples, who were living together before marriage. In addition, it has also been found that Hispanics had the highest rate of births taking place due to living together as 35% births took place among them. Blacks were second in the row with 24% and then came, whites with 19% and last position was bagged by Asians, who were at 8%. Cohabiting union took place among men and women aged between 15 and 44.
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