Marriage & Family

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Marriage & Family Videos

 
  • Families Get an A+ Families Get an A+ Scholastic achievement is related to factors outside the classroom. The presence of both parents in the home, higher levels of parental involvement, and satisfaction with family life are all positively linked to children’s academic achievement and educational attainment. Youths’ involvement with extracurricular activities and the general level of church attendance in the neighborhood is also linked to students’ investment and performance in school.
  • Strong Families Help Kids to “Just Say No”  Strong Families Help Kids to The intact family appears to act as a protective factor against substance abuse among young people. Living with married biological or adoptive parents is associated with a lower risk of adolescent substance abuse, including smoking, drinking, and drug use.
  • The Importance of Fathers The Importance of Fathers Fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives contributes to a variety of positive outcomes for children and youth, including higher academic performance and a decreased likelihood of anti-social behavior, early sexual activity, teen pregnancy, and substance abuse.
  • Families Matter in Reducing Teen Sexual Activity Families Matter in Reducing Teen Sexual Activity The intact family structure and parental involvement both contribute to a delay in youths’ sexual activity and risk behavior.
  • How to Give a Child a Head Start How to Give a Child a Head Start Many behavioral problems among young children are linked to factors related to the home environment and parent-child bonds. Children in intact families that provide greater cognitive stimulation and maternal care are less likely to exhibit negative behaviors. Parental religious activity is also linked to a variety of positive outcomes for children’s emotional development and well-being.
  • Quality Family Time: Why It Matters for Kids Quality Family Time: Why It Matters for Kids When families spend time together, children tend to fare better than other peers in terms of emotional health, behavior, and academic achievement. Shared activities include attending religious services, spending leisure time together, having dinners together, and engaging in family discussions. In addition, family time impacts the overall quality of family life, including stronger emotional bonds and more frequent expressions of love and affection.
  • Religious Practice is Preparation for Life Religious Practice is Preparation for Life Religious practice leads to a variety of positive social outcomes, such as greater family stability and parental involvement and lower levels of drinking and smoking. In addition, religious behavior is related to an increased likelihood of volunteerism, charity, electoral participation, and civic engagement.
  • Marriage is Connected to Financial Security Marriage is Connected to Financial Security Marital status is linked to economic prospects. Compared with unmarried peers, married individuals tend to pursue practices that can lead to greater financial stability and wealth accumulation, such as home ownership, investment in stocks, and maintaining a savings account.
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