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  • Commentary posted July 28, 2015 by Rachel Sheffield, Christine Kim We can’t ignore culture if we want America to thrive

    A thriving society needs a strong economy. The reverse is just as true: A healthy economy is built on a vibrant culture that promotes individual and social well-being. It’s helpful to think of a society as an ecosystem — one in which cultural, political and economic spheres greatly overlap. As in any ecosystem, change in one sector reverberates across the entire…

  • Commentary posted July 24, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Christine Kim Tracking opportunity for all

    "Opportunity for all" is a goal Americans from across the political spectrum can embrace. But it won't be more than an aspiration unless we know whether we're making progress toward that goal. To do that, as the management adage says, we need to measure what matters. That means taking stock of the social and economic factors shaping opportunity in America today. That's…

  • White Paper posted July 23, 2015 by Jennifer A. Marshall, Christine Kim Index of Culture and Opportunity 2015

    The 2015 Index of Culture and Opportunity takes stock of the cultural ecosystem that is needed to sustain freedom and opportunity. Through charts that track social and economic changes, and expert commentary that explains the trends, the Index reports on important indicators in American society and analyzes what they mean for our future. What We Track The Index tracks…

  • Issue Brief posted June 19, 2012 by Christine Kim Impact of Same-Sex Parenting on Children: Evaluating the Research

    According to conventional wisdom, research regarding outcomes for children of parents in same-sex relationships shows “no difference.” For example, the American Psychological Association (APA) stated in 2005 that “not a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents.”[1]…

  • Executive Summary posted February 19, 2010 by Christine Kim, Robert Rector Executive Summary: Evidence on the Effectiveness of Abstinence Education: An Update

    Teen sexual activity remains a widespread problem confronting the nation. Each year, some 2.6 million teenagers become sexually active--a rate of 7,000 teens per day. Among high school students, nearly half report having engaged in sexual activity, and one-third are currently active. Sexual activity during teenage years poses serious health risks for youths and has…

  • Backgrounder posted February 19, 2010 by Christine Kim, Robert Rector Evidence on the Effectiveness of Abstinence Education: An Update

    Abstract: Teen sexual activity is costly, not just for teens, but also for society. Teens who engage in sexual activity risk a host of negative outcomes including STD infection, emotional and psychological harm, and out-of-wedlock childbearing. Genuine abstinence education is therefore crucial to the physical and psycho-emotional well-being of the nation's youth. In…

  • WebMemo posted July 24, 2009 by Katherine Bradley, Christine Kim The Case for Maintaining Abstinence Education Funding

    The President's budget for Fiscal Year 2010 would eliminate abstinence education funding. The Obama Administration has instead requested the creation of yet another comprehensive sex education program, the "Teen Pregnancy Prevention" program. The House of Representatives has included this request in their annual appropriations bill that is now moving through Congress. …

  • Backgrounder posted October 7, 2008 by Christine Kim Teen Sex: The Parent Factor

    The statistics on teen sexuality in the United States are troubling. About 7 percent of high school students report having had sex before the age of 13. By ninth grade, one-third of high school students have engaged in sexual activity, and by 12th grade, two-thirds.[1] Yet the majority of these teens, 60 percent overall and 67 percent among younger adolescents, regret…

  • Play Movie Good Link Between Religion and Reduced Teen Bad Behavior Video Recorded on October 3, 2008 Good Link Between Religion and Reduced Teen Bad Behavior

    Each month, familyfacts.org explores an area of academic research on a topic related to the family and religion. October's findings highlight the positive link between religious influence and the lives of American youth.…

  • Backgrounder posted September 22, 2008 by Christine Kim Academic Success Begins at Home: How Children Can Succeed in School

    American taxpayers invest heavily in education. Last year, spending on public K–12 education totaled $553 billion, about 4 percent of gross domestic prod­uct (GDP) in 2006.[1] For each child enrolled in a pub­lic elementary or secondary school, expenditures averaged $9,266 that year—an increase of 128 per­cent, adjusted for inflation, since 1970.[2] Despite this increase…

  • Play Movie Top 10 Findings on Family Structure and Teen Substance Abuse Video Recorded on May 5, 2008 Top 10 Findings on Family Structure and Teen Substance Abuse

    Each month, familyfacts.org explores an area of academic research on a topic related to the family and religion. May's top 10 findings focus on family structure and teen substance abuse.…

  • Executive Summary posted April 22, 2008 by Christine Kim, Robert Rector Executive Summary: Abstinence Education: Assessing the Evidence

    Teen sexual activity remains a widespread prob­lem confronting the nation. Each year, some 2.6 million teenagers become sexually active-a rate of 7,000 teens per day. Among high school students, nearly half report having engaged in sexual activity, and one-third are currently active. Sexual activity during teenage years poses seri­ous health risks for youths and…

  • Backgrounder posted April 22, 2008 by Christine Kim, Robert Rector Abstinence Education: Assessing the Evidence

    Teen sexual activity remains a widespread problem confronting the nation. Each year, some 2.6 million teenagers become sexually active—a rate of 7,000 teens per day.[1] Among high school students, nearly half report having engaged in sexual activity, and one-third are currently active.[2] Sexual activity during teenage years poses serious health risks for youths and…

  • Play Movie Heritage In Focus: Bright Beginnings, Better Futures Video Recorded on February 29, 2008 Heritage In Focus: Bright Beginnings, Better Futures

    Heritage In Focus: Bright Beginnings, Better Futures…

  • Play Movie Heritage In Focus: Top 10 Facts on Teen Sex Video Recorded on February 29, 2008 Heritage In Focus: Top 10 Facts on Teen Sex

    Christine Kim talks about the top ten facts on teen sex.…