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    A Double Decline of Marriage and Religiosity: Why Does It Matter?

    Analysts at a recent forum on the downward trends in marriage and religion in the United States agree that the two are not isolated phenomena but, in fact, influence and exacerbate one another. Brad Wilcox, director of the National Marriage Project, has shown that family dissolution is linked to a … More

    Single Father Households on the Rise

    More single fathers are raising children than ever before, according to a recent Pew research survey. Since the 1960s, the number of households with children headed by single dads has increased ninefold and today is about 8 percent. The growing trend of single-father households is part of the overall growth … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Family and Religious Practice

    Religious practice and the family are intricately intertwined, according to Mary Eberstadt, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Eberstadt studied the relationship between family and religious practice and describes their inter-dependence in her new book How the West Really Lost God. Eberstadt explains their relationship as “the … More

    Marriage Has a Role in Raising Children, Reducing Poverty

    The marriage debate is about more than romance between adults. Society’s interest in the upbringing of children and marriage’s unique ability to serve that interest explains the government’s involvement in the institution, argues Helen Alvare, a law professor at George Mason University and a leading expert on marriage and family … More

    VIDEO: Facing the Big Questions on Marriage

    What is marriage? Why is government in the marriage business? And what’s the harm in redefining marriage? Those are the questions with which Jennifer A. Marshall, Heritage’s director of domestic policy studies, opened a panel discussion featuring the three authors of a provocative new book, What Is Marriage? Man and … More

    Helping the Poor and Addicted Turn Their Lives Around (VIDEO)

    Strong marriage and family relationships are crucial to fighting poverty. This was the message shared by grassroots leaders at an anti-poverty conference sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise this past September. These leaders shared firsthand experience and common-sense intuition about poverty reduction. They explained what … More

    Why Is The Latino Poverty Rate So High?

    Read this post in Spanish at Libertad.org It has been reported recently that the poverty rate among Latinos has reached 28 percent. The number, based on a new poverty measure by the Obama Administration, should be interpreted with caution, as explained here and here. However, the overall point that more … More

    Family Fact of the Week: Fathers' Involvement Helps Teens Delay Sexual Activity

    A new study published in the journal Pediatrics adds to a body of research showing the importance of fathers in protecting children against negative outcomes, from lower academic achievement to poverty. The study found that teens who have close emotional relationships with their fathers are more likely to put off … 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