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    Family Fact of the Week: Why Values Matter

    A recent Gallup poll found that, for the first time, a majority of Americans think that the government should not promote traditional values. This opinion regarding the government’s role reflects a general rise in relativism and a social environment in which upholding clear standards is characterized as being judgmental and … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Religious Practice Still Alive and Well in U.S.

    A new report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life shows an increase in religiously unaffiliated Americans. The survey shows that almost 20 percent of respondents claim they are “religiously unaffiliated”—a four-percentage-point increase from five years ago. This category of “nones” has been steadily increasing over the past four … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Is the Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty

    New research shows that marriage is the nation’s best antidote to child poverty. This holds true in every state across the country. On Wednesday, The Heritage Foundation introduced a new web page illustrating how marriage protects against child poverty. The new web page features 14 charts, a new Special Report … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Marriage Promotes Longevity

    New research continues to show that marriage is connected to longer life. A new study from researchers at Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati compares mortality rates between married and cohabiting individuals. Researchers found that among some groups, married individuals have lower mortality rates compared to individuals who … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Back to School Prep Is a Lifelong Project

    It’s back-to-school time, and parents are scurrying to equip their children for success. But children’s school preparation should begin much earlier than August. As numerous studies show, it should start during a child’s toddler years. Parents’ involvement with their children (both academically and otherwise) from their earliest years in life … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Parents, Pop Culture, and Early Teen Sex

    Parents instinctively know that the over-sexualized culture promoted by Hollywood is not healthy for their teens. A recent study in the academic journal Psychological Science quantified such concerns. In the study, researchers from Dartmouth College counted the number of seconds of sexual content in the top 684 grossing movies released … More

    Family Fact of the Week: One in Four Babies Born to Cohabiting Women

    The percentage of babies born to cohabiting women has jumped substantially in the last 10 years, according to new data from the National Center for Health Statistics. “The number of births overall to cohabiting women increased from 14% of all births in 2002 to 23% in 2006-10,” reports USA Today. … More

    Family Fact of the Week: The Dad Divide in Children's Welfare

    A recent New York Times article about the growing marriage and class divide in America featured two middle-class families in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At the heart of the story are the disparate lives of their children. Jeremy, 12, and his brother, Justin, 10, are raised by married, college-educated parents. Kirsten, … More

    Family Fact of the Week: How Welfare Reform Helped Families

    The best anti-poverty program is a job. That was the mantra of the 1996 welfare reform, which changed the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program into the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, for the first time requiring able-bodied welfare recipients to work or prepare for work in … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Helping Teens to Wait

    Fact: According to the latest National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 53 percent of high school students have remained sexually abstinent. Indeed, in the last two decades, the share of abstinent teens has increased by nearly 15 percent. Moreover, two in three teens are currently abstinent. For teens, delaying sexual activity … More