As editor of our Focus Findings my hope is to compile resources that communicate the leading sociological, psychological, biological and anthropological research on family. The goal is to present these truths within the scope of mere Christianity, rather than trying to color them with the broad-strokes of either Western conservative or liberal ideology. The family is so much bigger than our ideologies - a fundamental part of God's grand design for society - which is why we approach family with the desire to find serious answers to overarching questions such as:
I invite you to join us as we seek to become better, more serious and ever-growing students of the family. We hope you find something useful here.
Glenn T. Stanton
Director of Family Formation Studies
A Brief Explanation.
With the radical redefinition of marriage today, most people in the Christian and Jewish communities are concerned about the future of marriage.
An Annotated Bibliography.
What empowers women more than anything else? You might be surprised.
Given the difference in married and single men’s health outcomes, it appears -- not surprisingly -- that wives are more powerful in changing grown men’s behavior than even their own mothers.
Many studies have shown that married adults have a greater likelihood of living longer than their unmarried counterparts.
Are there practical consequences of pre-marital sex for future marital happiness?
Couples who regularly practice any combination of serious religious behaviors and attitudes enjoy significantly lower divorce rates.
Age at marriage doesn't stand alone as a benefit or harm.
Pew Study: Nearly 40% say marriage is becoming obsolete.
An analysis of three new articles on the status on men in society today.
Does a woman really become strong and liberated by submitting herself to the rules of the male sexual market?
Students of the family must consider and appreciate how marriage operates as a formative institution.
Infidelity is not growing among marriages like one might be led to believe from the proliferation of such high-profile cases.
What is the health of marriage in America today?
How should we feel about our world population at 7 billion?
Mothers and fathers are obviously different. But do we appreciate how these differences contribute to healthy child development?
The sustainability of humankind’s oldest institution, the family – the fount of fertility, nurturance, and human capital – is now an open question.
Observations on the Routines and Attitudes of Young Fathers.
Historical and Social Influences that Push Mom to Over Schedule.
How Marriage and Family Impact a Man's Identity.
How Marriage and Fatherhood Play Out Through Family Routines.
The Struggles and Benefits of Making and Keeping Friends.
How Different Perspectives on Religion Can Impact Fatherhood.
Observations on the routines and Attitudes of Young Husbands.
How Dads View (and live out) the Tension Between Their Jobs and Their Families.
How Peer Pressure Can Enhance Parental Influence.
A Case Study in the Many Transitions of Young Married Life.
Uncovering Some of the Subtle (and not-so-subtle) Dilemmas of Motherhood.
The Zen Of Parenting.
Observing Established Families Provides Practical Insight for Young Couples.
Why Moms Need Dads.
How Parents Identify and Approach Some of the Major Challenges of Parenting.
How Physical Proximity is Catnip for Moms.
Insights From a Case Study of Three Young Married Couples.
How Families Do Faith.
Observations on Basic Patterns of Family Life.
Observations on Life With Kids After Divorce.
What Makes a Busy Day Either Easy or Hard.
The Predictable Risks and Surprising Benefits of Family Media Use.
Fascinating Case Studies of "Irregular" Parenting.
An overview of current research on mom/dad families as compared to same-sex homes.
A new study from Australia claims to say kids do better with same-sex parents. Is it true?
Strong and reliable research show this widely reported “fact” is far from it.
A serious topic like is drastically deserving of more careful, less partisan research.
A central question regarding same-sex parenting is how it might impact the sexual orientation and identification of children raised in such homes.
USA Today: Same-sex couples can be effective parents, researchers find.
While the Centers for Disease Control states that “(LGBTQ) youth are happy and thrive during their adolescent years,” their own data from tells a different story.
A new report from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) examines a large and diverse array of health behaviors of high school students classified by their sexual activity. There are two major conclusions from the report.
Why traditional Christians believe as they do regarding gender, sexuality, marriage, and the family.
It has been well-established for decades that there exists a dramatic connection between thriving, intact families and financial well-being for women and children. Here is a summary overview of the major academic contributions to this field of inquiry over the last few decades and their various findings.
Out-of-wedlock births have taken a marked and sustained decline of late.
Is it as Bad as it Sounds?
Millennials have unique characteristics, but in other ways not so different from others.
Compared with off-spring from married, intact mother/father homes, children raised in same-sex homes are markedly more likely to…
Family is the first institution God gave humanity. No surprise then that it is the best mechanism for improving human thriving and the establishment of justice.
How is marriage faring in terms of young people’s attitudes and life dreams?
There was a great flurry of news last week about an increase for the second consecutive year in teen births.
It has become an oft-repeated truism that young people are leaving both the faith and Church in very disturbing numbers. The truth, however, is a much more encouraging story.
The Recent Pew Report Offers Surprising Good News.
Many are quite pessimistic that today’s parents will be able to pass on lasting faith to their children.