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    Family Fact of the Week: Stagnant Poverty Numbers Signal Need for Change

    The number of people in poverty in America stagnated in 2012, according to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau. This comes as no surprise. Since the government launched its War on Poverty 50 years ago—and has now poured nearly $20 trillion into a massive welfare system—poverty numbers have … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Dimming Aspirations in the Rise of Cohabitation

    Since 1960, the number of cohabiting couples in our nation has skyrocketed from 450,000 to more than 7.5 million. As a motivation to move into cohabitation, couples have cited spending more time together, the ability to combine their financial resources, and the opportunity to “test drive” their relationship, possibly avoiding … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Universal Child Care Does Not Bode Well for America's Children

    Rumblings are once again underway indicating movement on President Obama’s State of the Union proposal to “work with states to make high-quality preschool available to every single child in America,” and to drive forward his agenda to create a “cradle to career” government education system. Increased spending of Americans’ tax … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Churchgoers Smoke Less

    After all manner of campaigns against smoking, it turns out that civil society has some sway in the matter. A recent Gallup poll found that regular church attendees are three times less likely to pick up a cigarette. While the group that has the highest concentration of smokers—young, single men—is … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Parents Contribute More Than School Supplies to Children’s Education

    As the days wane in late summer, so do parents’ bank accounts as they invest in school supplies for their children. In fact, reports show that this year, per-family expenditures to equip their young students has risen 10 percent since last year (second only to holiday spending), and when electronics … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Transforming Power of Fatherhood

    In their new book Gender and Parenthood, Brad Wilcox and Kathleen Kovner Kline squarely face a current cultural trend that portrays the father as an optional family figure and heralds the concept of gender-neutral parenting. Gleaning the results from the latest research, the authors document the unique role that fathers … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Teens Are Putting Off Sexual Activity

    A recent report by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that more teens are choosing to delay sexual activity. The median age for first sexual intercourse is approaching 18 years of age for those born in 1991. The median age for those born in 1978 was 17 years of age. Now, less … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Americans Have Religious Liberty Every Day of the Week

    What days should Americans be able to live out their religious beliefs? Is religious liberty limited to church on Sunday or synagogue on Saturday? Or can deeply held beliefs influence the day-to-day lives of Americans? Regular religious observance can have a positive impact on adolescent behavior, teen academic achievement, and … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Majority of Americans Pray

    A new Pew Forum poll shows that 48 percent of Americans say a decline of religion is bad for American society. But do fewer Americans consider themselves faithful these days? Over the past two decades, the number of Americans who mark their religious preference as “none” has undoubtedly grown. Only … More

    Family Fact of the Week: What the Record-Low Marriage Rate Means for Americans’ Well-Being

    Though the marriage rate in America has reached an all-time low, there is a small sign of hope. Within the next two years, there will be a slight rise in the number of weddings as Millennials hit the marriage life stage, according to a recent study by Demographic Intelligence. Given … More