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  • FamilyFact of the Week: Headlines Mask Cohabitation’s Continued Risks

    Recent headlines, heralding the findings of a new government study, claim that “living together before marriage no longer predicts divorce” or that cohabitation before marriage poses no greater divorce risk. Regrettably, opting for the provocative rather than the accurate, the media has focused on these findings in a rather misleading … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Flawed Study Yields Pseudo Benefits of Cohabitation

    Marriage is antiquated and on its ways out, and cohabitation is the relationship of the future, the relationally avant-garde would have us believe. Take a recent headline, for example: “Living together may be mentally healthier than marriage,” it claims, citing a study published in the February issue of the Journal … More

    National Marriage Week: Marriage in America, 2012

    February 7-14, 2012 is National Marriage Week. During this week, a series of blogs explores the latest trends in marriage and their implications for adults, children, and society. Though “Americans believe overwhelmingly in the importance of marriage,” for decades now, marriage has been steadily declining. Marriage. Americans have become less … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Healthy Marriage, Healthy Mind

    High-quality social science research shows that marriage is associated with a number of health benefits. Studies indicate a strong link between marriage and mental health, in particular depressive symptoms. Marriage can both affect and be affected by psychological well-being, through, for example, greater emotional and social support as well as … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Health, Marriage, and the New Year

    For many, the end of the holiday season and the beginning of a new year activates a new (or old) set of resolutions. A healthier lifestyle often tops such lists. While exercise and a better diet are the most-touted health contributors, marriage, as recent research suggests, can be a significant … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

    Despite the increasing effort to strike “Christmas” from our common vocabulary, 91 percent of Americans say that they personally celebrate the holiday, according to a LifeWay Research poll. While it’s not surprising that almost all self-identified Christians (97 percent) celebrate Christmas, 89 percent of agnostics or those with no religious … More

    Some Good News About Teen Parenthood Rate

    There is some good news about the rate of teenage parenthood in America. It’s on the decline again. According to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday, between 2007 and 2008, teen birth rates decreased by 2.4 percent. From a long-term perspective, the drop is … More

    What You Won’t Read in the Media about the New Birth Data

    Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released preliminary U.S. birth data for 2008.  A flurry of news stories followed. Two statistics dominated the headlines: the total number of births fell by 2 percent, after peaking in 2007, and teen birthrates declined as well, reversing a slight two-year … More

    Rising Cohabitation, What It Really Means

    “No family change has come to the fore in modern times more dramatically, and with such rapidity, as heterosexual cohabitation outside of marriage,” writes David Popenoe, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Rutgers University and one of the preeminent family scholars in the country. The latest release by the CDC’s National … More

    Science or Ideology?: What Lies Behind the Abstinence Education Debate

    Abstinence education is back in the headlines, prompted by a new study that shows such intervention can reduce teen sexual activity in the long term. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, appeared in this month’s issue of the medical journal Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, … More