Ask a Data Scientist–Age Differences Between Couples


Dear Reader, Here at the Austin Institute for the Study of Family and Culture we think good data is very important.  Too often on the subject of family we see news stories or editorials that end up being more heat than light because they aren’t properly contextualized. While emotion and personal experience are important in shaping the way that we ... Read More »

Is Domestic Violence on the Rise in America?


    Recently, the NFL has been in the spotlight for issues of domestic violence and child abuse, with incidents involving both Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, among others. It seems that domestic violence in the media is on the rise, but we were interested to know whether or not Americans’ experiences with domestic violence has increased. The data we ... Read More »

Sexual Assault on College Campuses: New Data from the RIA Survey


What does the RIA study say about sexual assault? Sexual assault is an important and pressing issue and one that has recently received renewed public attention.  Early this year, President Obama established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The “1 is 2 Many” report, published in September 2014, estimates that 1 in 5 women has ... Read More »

Divorce in America: Who Wants Out and Why?


Since the 1970′s, the share of Americans who eventually leave their marriages has hovered between 40 and 50%.  Divorce, even when seemingly necessary, can be very disruptive to the lives of individuals and their children.  Using new data from the Relationships in America survey, which included nearly 4,000 ever-divorced adults ages 18-60, we assessed how couples think about—then actually do ... Read More »