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Glenn Stanton, Director of Family Formation Studies


Let's be honest, ignorance is not always bliss.


That's why our Focus Findings are important and highly useful tools for serious students of the family, offering concise, timely, well-researched, carefully reasoned analysis on issues that impact the family and our communities.


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 Featured Articles

Are Kids Raised in Same-sex Homes Just Like Kids Raised by Mom and Dad?
Strong and reliable research show this widely reported “fact” is far from it.

Millennial Faith Participation and Retention 
A broad analysis of the best research on faith practices of today's young adults.

How Fertility Drives the Health of Nations   
A summary and commentary on Phillip Longman's essay, "The Empty Cradle"

Increasing "Nones" and Shrinking Faith - Is It As Bad As It Sounds?  
A closer look at Pew's new report on religious affiliation.  

The Upside of "Nagging"
Science finds significant benefits to spousal advice.

The Health Benefits of Marriage
Research shows married men and women are more likely to be healthy. 

Key Findings of Mark Regnerus' New Family Structures Study
Research shows same-sex parenting significantly different than married, mother/father parenting.

Generational Values and Desires
Research comparing the millennial generation with the previous four generations.

Examining the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study  
A closer look uncovers several questions in the research methodology.

Same-Sex Parenting, Child Sexual Orientation and Sexual Experiences
How parental sexual orientation affects the sexuality of children.


 Article Index

 Marriage

The Upside of "Nagging"
Science finds significant benefits to spousal advice.

The Health Benefits of Marriage
Research shows married men and women are more likely to be healthy.

Are Men Necessary?  
Men remain important contributors to a thriving family.
What is The Best Age To Marry?  
Research shows an age range that seems to enhance both the quality and stability of marriage.

Premarital Sex And Greater Risk Of Divorce  
Are there practical consequences of pre-marital sex for future marital happiness?

A Tale Of Two Wives: On Divorce And Spousal Infidelity  
As two women respond to their husband's infidelity, does research show its on the rise?

Marriage As A Feminist Institution  
A family led by married father and mother is still the best environment to raise children.

Is Marriage Dying?  
Current trends and general attitudes on marriage. 

The Pill: Did It Cause The Sexual Revolution  
Reflections 50 years after the FDA approval of the birth control pill.

American Beliefs That Weaken Marriage  
What do we believe individually and culturally that weakens marriage, both in the recent past and currently?

Divorce Rate In The Church - As High As The World?  
Many people who seriously practice a traditional religious faith – be it Christian or other – have a divorce rate markedly lower than the general population.


 Parenting

How Fertility Drives the Health of Nations  
A summary and commentary on Phillip Longman's essay, "The Empty Cradle"

A Man and His Family   
How marriage and fatherhood play out through family routines

Are The Kids Really All Right?   
Christianity Today featured a cover story (Jan 2010) which seemed to indicate that the way parents parent doesn’t matter because genetics are a bigger driver in how children turn out. Rest easy, we explain that parents are still needed.

Community In Everyday Life   
How peer pressure can enhance parental influence.

The Everyday Husband   
Observations on the routines and attitudes of young husbands.

The Everyday Dad   
Observations on the routines and attitudes of young fathers.

A Father, A Husband, A Man  
How marriage and family impact a man's identity.

Got Religion?  
How different perspectives on religion can impact fatherhood.

Lone Ranger = Bad Idea  
Why moms need dads.

The Role Of Media In The Family  
The predictable risks and surprising benefits of family media use.

Routines Of Fatherhood  
Observations on basic patterns of family life.

Work/Family Balance  
How dads view (and live out) the tension between their jobs and their families.

A Man and His Friends  
The struggles and benefits of making and keeping friends.

Everyday Parenting Techniques   
The Zen of Parenting 

Just Married? Keep Reading     
Observing established families provides practical insight for young couples. 

Mom Wants Everyone Together   
How physical proximity is catnip for moms. 

Notes On A Young Married Couple    
Insights for a case study of three young married couples. 

Single Moms   
Observations on life with kids after divorce. 

The Devil Is In The Decisions   
What makes a busy day either easy or hard. 

What's Going On Here?    
Fascinating case studies of "irregular" parenting. 

Why Is Mom Too Busy?   
Historical and social influences that puch mom to overschedule. 

Everyday Challenges    
Uncovering some of the subtle (and not-so-subtle) dilemmas of motherhood. 

Dueling Transitions   
A case study in the many transitions of young married life.

Major Challenges of Parenting    
How parents identify and approach some of the major challenges of parenting. 

 Sexuality

Are Kids Raised in Same-sex Homes Just Like Kids Raised by Mom and Dad?
Strong and reliable research show this widely reported “fact” is far from it.

Key Findings of Mark Regnerus' New Family Structures Study
Reseach shows same-sex parenting significantly different than married, mother/father parenting.

New Research On Same-Sex Parenting  
The importance of mothers and fathers for children just a bit more than an "entrenched conviction" to stir up the culture war.

Examining the US National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study  
A closer look uncovers several questions in the research methodology.

Same-Sex Parenting, Child Sexual Orientation and Sexual Experiences
How parental sexual orientation affects the sexuality of children.

 Family Formation Trends

Unmarried Women Boost Record '07 U.S. Birthrate  
Increase in overall birthrate brings up question of rising teenage child-bearing.

Young Adults Consistently Express Marriage And Family As Important Life Goal  
Most young people still expect to one day marry and raise a family.

Healthy Families: A Communities Most Effective Social Justice Agent
The best agent of social change continues to be the nuclear family.

 Religion and Culture

Millennial Faith Participation and Retention
A broad analysis of the best research on faith practices of today's young adults.

Increasing "Nones" and Shrinking Faith - Is It As Bad As It Sounds?  
A closer look at Pew's new report on religious affiliation.

Generational Values and Desires
Research comparing the millennial generation with the previous four generations.

Leading Factors Leading To Lasting Faith  
Research suggests parents play a significant role in the faith trajectory of their children through early adulthood.

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