December 5, 2016
Major Stigma Study Fails to Replicate
Click Here to Read the Full Article The study of social stigma’s influence on health has surged in recent years. Together with five co-authors, Columbia University School of Public Health professor Mark Hatzenbuehler assessed the effect of anti-gay stigma on the mortality of sexual minorities, using data from the 1988-2002 administrations of the General Social ...
October 22, 2016
Called Out at Home
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July 8, 2016
Research Announcement: Global Decline of Christian Marriage
Globally, most countries’ marriage rates are declining and median age at first marriage is rising. What marriage means, what it entails and what it does not, public perceptions about it, and optimal timing for it and behavior within it—everything about marriage seems in flux today. Christians in the West are likewise displaying increasing uncertainty about ...
June 11, 2016
Economics of Sex and Love 3.0 Study Guides
Click Here to Access the Study Guides (PDF) Click on the link here to guide you to the media page then click on the media images with the “Economics of Sex” and “Love 3.0” logos to watch the videos. Why are these films timely? Why take time not only to watch them, but to reflect ...
August 27, 2015
Your Knowledge About Mexican Immigration Might Be Wrong–Because the Data Might Be Wrong!
Everything you thought you knew about Mexican immigration might be wrong—because the data might be wrong. If your demographic data for understanding Mexican immigration issues comes from scholarly reports and/or sources that rely upon household-based reports of Mexican migration to the U.S., the data is likely not accurate. These household-based surveys have failed to count an ...
August 22, 2015
Does Having your own Insurance Matter?
The primary finding of the study suggests that the more a married couple depends on one another, in this case for health insurance, the less likely they are to divorce. This lower divorce risk is true more often for women than for men. In the study Health Insurance and Risk of Divorce: Does Having Your Own Insurance ...
August 21, 2015
Dawn of the Dating Apocalypse: Tinder, Cheap Sex, and the Hit-It-and-Quit-It Mentality
In a Vanity Fair piece Tinder and the Dawn of the “Dating Apocalypse”  Nancy Jo Sales explores how the advent of the online dating apps like Tinder and Hinge have reshaped the dating culture and in particular men and women’s expectations around dating, marriage, and casual sexual encounters. An overarching theme of the piece is ...
June 1, 2015
Is Christianity in Trouble? A look at Pew’s new survey of religious affiliation
Pew recently released their religious landscape survey, a broad overview of American religious life. At first glance the report looks grim for Christianity, which appears to be losing adherents at a rapid pace, while the ranks of the unaffiliated have swelled from 16% in 2007 to 23% today. The numbers don’t appear to be the ...
January 3, 2015
If it takes a village to raise a child who are the most active villagers?
“It takes a village to raise a child,” or so goes the saying popularized by then first lady Hillary Clinton in her 1996 book[1]. For many children, extended families are a major part of the “village” that raises the child.  As marriage rates decline, out of wedlock birth soars, and divorce rates remain high (although ...
December 22, 2014
Too Busy to Get Busy: Is Sexless Marriage on the Rise?
Consistent sex is usually seen as one important aspect of a healthy marriage. Yet one in five (20 percent of) married people said they have not had sex in the last month and 6 percent have not had sex in over a year, according to data from the Relationships in America survey sample of married ...
December 17, 2014
Modern Family: Division of Labor, Perception and Reality
A 2007 Pew Research poll found that sharing household chores was the third most important factor for a happy marriage, with 62% of adults reporting that sharing household chores was very important to having a successful marriage. Only fidelity and a good sex life ranked higher. Sharing chores ranked higher than compatible interests, political beliefs, and ...
December 10, 2014
Permanent Sterilization in the US
Permanent Sterilization Decisions Among Adults in the US Permanent sterilization is a common method of permanent contraception with highly effective options available to both men and women.  While no contraceptive method except abstinence completely eliminates the risk of unwanted pregnancy, vasectomy, tubal ligation, and other forms of permanent contraception are at least as effective in ...
December 2, 2014
Relationships in America Survey Report Release
We’re pleased to announce the release of our most recent research project the Relationships in America survey!  We asked a nationally representative sample of 15,738 adults ages 18-60 questions about their families, marriages, and relationship histories. The survey was designed to provide a broad overview of the social forces that shape American society, as well ...
November 9, 2014
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 ...
November 7, 2014
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 ...