Skip to comments.Census: Married People Less Stressed, Their Kids Better Educated During Coronavirus Shutdowns
Posted on 06/29/2020 11:24:53 AM PDT by Kaslin
Married parents were about 20 percent less likely to be depressed than unmarried parents, and they spent more time home-educating their kids, during coronavirus lockdowns.
Worry and stress rose to a historic high during the Covid-19 panic, at least since the financial crisis of 2008-2009, according to recent survey evidence from Gallup. Parents of young children had an added responsibility of teaching their children while schools and daycare were closed.
Compared with parents who handled these alone, married parents spent more time teaching their children at home, according to an early June survey from the Census Bureau that tracks Covid-19s effects on households across the country. In addition, married parents are doing a relatively better job coping with this crisis emotionally.
Since early March, a vast majority of households with school-age children in the U.S. have been affected by school closings. According to the same Census survey conducted during May 7 to 12, 42 percent of parents reported that their school-age childrens classes were cancelled and 73 percent said classes had moved to a distance-learning format. The share of parents who reported no change in their childrens school was less than 1 percent.
It was important for children to continue their education during school closings, and parents played a key role in helping them. Findings from the Census survey suggest that, on average, married households reported close to 14 hours per week (2 hours a day) in teaching activities with children. In households with never-married parents, children spent an average of 11 hours a week (about 1 and a half hours a day) in educational activities. Even after controlling for differences in education, race, and age, married parents still allocated two hours a week more to teaching activities with children than their counterparts who were not married.
One reason we observe these differences in childhood investments between married and non-married parents may stem from parents mental health. Put simply, if a parent is not feeling well, he or she is less likely to allocate time towards teaching activities.
In fact, we find that parents who were feeling depressed allocated 11 percent less time to teaching activities for their children each week even after controlling for differences in age, education, race, marital status, and income. Of course, home-schooling children may also bring some joy, which could help with parents emotional wellbeing.
We focused on parents answers to three mental health questions in the Census Household Pulse survey that asked about the frequency that the respondent has felt depressed, worried, or anxious over the seven days prior to May 7-12. We defined someone as depressed, worried, or anxious if he reported this occurring during more than half the days or nearly every day.
Under this definition, 22 percent of adults with children under age 18 in the household reported being depressed, 26 percent reported being worried, and 32 percent reported feeling anxious. There was a clear difference of mental health by marital status.
For example, about 30 percent of unmarried parents said they often felt down, depressed, or helpless in the past week, compared with 17 percent of married parents. One-third of never-married adults with children under age 18 (34 percent) said they couldnt stop worrying in the past week, while the share who reported this among married parents was 28 percent.
These differences remained significant even after controlling for family income, recent job loss, and demographic characteristics including age, sex, race, education, and the number of children in the household. For example, our regression analysis suggests that married parents were about 20 percent less likely to be depressed than unmarried parents in the week prior to mid-May, after all the controls.
Marriage is not just about personal happinessits about raising a family. The protecting effect of marriage has been manifested in this Covid-19 pandemic, as it is in myriad aspects of life.
While the shutdowns have taken a toll on the emotional well-being of all adults with children, married parents have fared relatively better. They also spent more time helping with their childrens education during the school closings. Since kids living with unmarried parents are already at a large disadvantage for academic success, we may see this student performance gap grow in the near future.
God brings good out of evil again and again.
This is why, after viewing the last month of riots, looting and BLM protests, I find it very difficult to believe that black Americans will be better off in 10 or 20 years. Indeed, they will be far worse off - which is exactly what the Left and their political masters want.
Family structure, community, raising of children (especially boys),Christian ethics, is NEVER talked about. Only grievance. They are being led over a cliff.
He sure does. He is the only one you can depend on.
About half of marriages end in divorce. The other half end in DEATH! Don’t get married!
At the rate things are going I don’t think any of us are going to be here in 10 or 20 years. I sure hope I’m not.
Kid could use a better pair of glasses.
There’s your “White Privilege” for you, Two-Parent Families.
Marriage and especially close extended families are the most resilient unit for survival in crisis.
This is so anthropologically and historically obvious it should not be debated.
However we’ve damaged our country by the two demons of mobile success without localized successes (I mean outsourced economy which, while has some limited benefits, has separated extended families) and social engineering in the form of the evils of Marxism and immorality.
Nobody is supposed to bring up the important facts.
The thing is, before the welfare state and other policies designed to hold them back, their numbers were actually BETTER than the population as a whole - they would probably be the wealthiest and most prosperous communities but for Dem policies - the same party that has held them back for centuries in one way or the other by design.
Exactly. And the solution per the Left is *not* to encourage this behavior, but to discourage it among those practicing it.
There is a radio advert where the kids tell bullying stories of how they learned in English they were dummies, and in PE they were worthless, and in Science they were a slut, etc.
THIS is the “socialization” anti-homeschoolers are advocating.
The kids’ mental health is greatly improved by NOT being in school, too.
“Parents of young children had an ADDED responsibility of teaching their children...”
‘Added’? Certainly if they put their kids into public schools, they’d realize by now that ONLY they are the ones actually educating their kids. The schools, of course, are there for daycare and indoctrination, which I’m sure every FReeper here understands (I wish).
And for the first time in my life there is money in my money market account.
Should have done it in 1978.
Yes He does
they prove us right again
won’t even admit it
It’s been fun being at home for the past 4 months with the wife.
Hooray for marriage.
You are VERY clearly not married to my ex!
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