- Only 45% of U.S. teenagers have spent their childhood with an intact family, with both their birth mother and their biological father legally married to one another since before or around the time of the teenager s birth.
- 55% of teenagers live in families where their biological parents have rejected each other. The families with a history of rejection include single-parent families, stepfamilies, and children who no longer live with either birth parent but with adoptive or foster parents.
When one thinks of the negative impacts of family breakdown on children's development - I was struck by the stunning simplicity of this interpretation using facts readily available to us for some time. I recommend it.