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because the rates of birth-out-of-wedlock and divorce are strongly dependent on socio-economic stressors,

That is the populist view, probably because it sounds rational. Now, I'm not saying micro economics are not important...they are. What is MORE important is moral values and adherence to them. When the church was the center of the black community, Harlem, S. central LA, Chicago's S. Side and E. St. Louis were civil and livable. Today they are not civil and for most, not livable. The idea that poverty drives social structure is pure escapism. U.S. history is full of kids growing up in poverty and rising to economic and personal achievement. Core nuclear family moral and religious affiliation to support each other through ups and downs is the real driver of social stability and the belief in a better tomorrow.

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