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New American Community Survey

The U.S. Census Bureau has released its 2008-2012 American Community Survey five-year estimates, which give updated information for all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico on more than 40 topics, including educational attainment, income, occupation, marital status, languages spoken at home, and more.   The Census bureau releases new five-year estimates each year. To […]

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Council on Contemporary Families plans 2014 conference

Council on Contemporary Families plans 2014 conference | "How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love"   The Council on Contemporary Families — a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides the public and the media with research and best-practice findings on American families — has planned its 2014 conference for April 25-26 at […]

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10 Jan
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Catalog of Research: Programs for Low-Income Couples

This catalog compiles information from 54 studies of 39 family-strengthening programs that serve low-income couples. It documents the research on the programs’ effectiveness or impacts and the degree to which the studies demonstrate that a specific program (and not some other factor) led to the results. It also describes key program elements—such as content, design, […]

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New Resource calls for state-directed support for MRE

In The Forever Initiative, Hawkins calls for more state-directed public support for a series of educational efforts to help individuals and couples form healthy relationships and enduring marriages. He outlines an integrated set of feasible and affordable educational initiatives across the early life course, beginning in youth, continuing in early adulthood, engagement, and through the […]

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Marriage on the Rocks: Economic and Social Consequences for Kids

In this op-ed Ron Haskins, co-director of the Brookings Center on Children and Families summarizes the massive changes to marriage, childbearing, and family formation over the last 40 years. These changes are associated with some positive developments for adults—more jobs and higher wages for women, more engagement with family and household responsibilities for men—but the results […]

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What Do Marriage & Fertility Have To Do With the Economy?

Trends in marriage and fertility pose long-term risks to the financial and fiscal health of the world's wealthiest nations – from China and Japan to Germany and the United States – and are implicated in the recent global economic slowdown, according to a new report released today. The Sustainable Demographic Dividend: What Do Marriage & […]

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Should Parents Marry for the Kids?

"The number of Americans who have children and live together without marrying has increased twelvefold since 1970," Sabrina Tavernise wrote in The New York Times recently, adding that "children now are more likely to have unmarried parents than divorced ones." Is that cause for concern? Does marriage contribute to a stable environment, or is it […]

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Divorce Reform Could Save Billions

Now that government belt-tightening has become a national obsession, divorce-reform advocates are making the argument that they can be part of the solution. Divorce is costly for everyone, they argue, and encouraging troubled couples to try to work things out could benefit the national bottom line. The average split costs a couple $2,500. A new […]

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3rd Edition of “Why Marriage Matters” Released

Co-sponsored by the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values and the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, this new report by a group of 18 family scholars summarizes new findings from the social sciences on divorce, cohabitation, and marriage in the U.S. According to W. Bradford Wilcox, director […]

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