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Glenn Stanton, Director of Family Formation Studies


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Featured Articles

Should Civil Marriage Matter to Christians?
With the radical redefinition of marriage today, most people in the Christian and Jewish communities are concerned about the future of marriage.

Theology of Marriage and Family: An Annotated Bibliography
All serious students of the family working from a Christian perspective should have access to a good bibliography of theological works on sexuality, marriage and the family.

Why Fathers Throw Children
Mothers and fathers are obviously different. But do we appreciate how these differences contribute to healthy child development?

10 Things Everyone Should Know About a Christian View of Homosexuality
Why traditional Christians believe as they do regarding gender, sexuality, marriage, and the family.

Unmarried Birthrates Decline – First Time Since 1940
Out-of-wedlock births have taken a marked and sustained decline of late.

Does New Research Prove Kids do Better with Two Moms?
A new study from Australia claims to say kids do better with same-sex parents. Is it true?

Marriage: A Feminist Institution
What empowers women more than anything else? You might be surprised.

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"


Article Index

Marriage

Should Civil Marriage Matter to Christians?
With the radical redefinition of marriage today, most people in the Christian and Jewish communities are concerned about the future of marriage.

Theology of Marriage and Family: An Annotated Bibliography
All serious students of the family working from a Christian perspective should have access to a good bibliography of theological works on sexuality, marriage and the family.

Marriage: A Feminist Institution
What empowers women more than anything else? You might be surprised.

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?

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

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

Why Fathers Throw Children
Mothers and fathers are obviously different. But do we appreciate how these differences contribute to healthy child development?

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.

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. 

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 push mom to over schedule. 

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. 

Same-Sex Marriage and Parenting

Are The Kids Really All Right?   
An overview of current research on mom/dad families as compared to same-sex homes

Does New Research Prove Kids do Better with Two Moms?
A new study from Australia claims to say kids do better with same-sex parents. Is it true?

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.

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.

Sexuality

10 Things Everyone Should Know About a Christian View of Homosexuality
Why traditional Christians believe as they do regarding gender, sexuality, marriage, and the family.

Family Formation Trends

Unmarried Birthrates Decline – First Time Since 1940
Out-of-wedlock births have taken a marked and sustained decline of late.

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

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

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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