Discrepancies in Belief and Behavior

Nov 05, 2002 03:00 AM EST

While most Americans embrace the Judeo-Christian value system, one pro-family analyst says they are not always consistent when it comes to applying that system to their daily lives. Family Research Council analyst Bridget Maher explains her conclusions from a recent research project. She says the project revealed a discrepancy between what Americans believe on marriage and family issues and how they actually live it out. Maher points out that a majority of Americans see the rise of single-parent households as a serious problem and a disadvantage to children, yet the number of children living in single-parent families has more than doubled since 1970. In addition, Maher found that a vast majority of Americans feel divorce is a serious problem, yet the current divorce rate is twice that of what it was in 1960. From this, Maher concludes Americans are not living according to their stated values

By Pauline J.