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The Institute for Family Studies (IFS) is dedicated to strengthening marriage and family life, and advancing the well-being of children through research and public education. Addressing family life is what we do, and we invite you to learn more about ways to strengthen families in America and around the world.

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Even in 2024, Women Are Still Looking for a Protective Man

Protectiveness is a sign of masculinity, and whether or not progressive young women today will admit it, both masculinity in general—and protectiveness in particular—are very attractive in a mate—even in 2024. And it’s something Brad Wilcox says women appreciate in a husband. In the State of Our Unions survey, wives who gave their husbands’ top rating for “protectiveness” were more likely to be happy in their marriages and less likely to report that divorce might be in their future. Read More

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Stronger Families, Safer Streets


Making Smartphones and App Stores Safe for Kids: Federal, State, and Industry Measures

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What's the Plan? Cohabitation, Engagement, and Divorce


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Become your own marriage and family expert by browsing our various materials below on such trending topics as Divorce, Cohabitation, Dating, Fatherhood, Family Structure, Marital Health, and Parenting.

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4 in 10 U.S. births to unmarried women.
69% of America’s children live in two-parent families.
36.5% of single-mother families live in poverty.
40% of America’s children live in a cohabiting household by age 12.
Fatherhood Divorce Family Structure

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