Fighting and Running Away

By: Fagan, Patrick, Johnson, Kirk A., and Jonathan Butcher.

These researchers study data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health and find that adolescents from intact married families were the least likely to ever have gotten into a fight or to have run away with probabilities of 28.8% and 6.3%, respectively. They were 26% to 48% less likely to run away and 10% to 32% less likely to get into a fight, depending on the family structure of comparison.

A portrait of family and religion in America: Key outcomes for the common good. Heritage Foundation:Washington, D.C.