Strong families, not the nanny state, make successful children

Mail Online (UK) 18 May 2012
The welfare state has little or no bearing on how children turn out, an international research project has found. Strong families are the key to producing well adjusted and successful youngsters, it adds. In fact, say the researchers, the children of married parents are likely to do better than those from broken or single-parent families – no matter how much state support the family is given. The study singled out the British welfare state as an example of the failure of state support to make a difference to the lives and success of children. The study, published in the US in the Journal of Health and Social Behaviour, carried out by researchers at two American universities examined evidence from both Britain and the US – one with a large welfare state, one without – on how the lives of children progress between the ages of five and 13.