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Amanda Falciglia directs the PAIRS Foundation’s research team, including overseeing collection, follow-up and coordination of academic ana

Studies show parents key to helping children avoid risky sexual activities during summer school recess

For many parents, families, and young people, the summer school recess is a time to unwind after a busy year of classes, assignments and tests. For many adolescents, it’s a period of increased pressures to engage in behaviors that can have a lifelong impact. As youngsters nationwide approach a break from school, parents have a vital role to play helping their children avoid risky sexual behaviors that can lead to teenage pregnancy, STDs, HIV/AIDS, abortion, and other consequences with lasting repercussions.

Keeping young people safe during summer vacation

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Study Shows Marriage Education Classes Benefit Couples Navigating Job Loss and Financial Stress

Studies show marriage education classes are providing significant benefits for low-income couples, many of whom have been impacted by job losses and financial stresses. With expectations that unemployment will remain elevated, programs that strengthen marriages are becoming increasingly important to helping couples keep families intact as they pursue training, job opportunities, and await economic recovery.

Working it out together

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Love lost and found

Tiffany Tehan was reported missing last week leaving behind her one-year old daughter, worried husband, family and friends. The young woman’s neighbors feared the worst, uniting day and night to search for Tiffany over much of the past week. As many hoped and prayed, Tiffany was found safe and sound five days later. Early news reports indicate she intentionally fled her home, infant daughter, husband and community for Miami in search of love with another man. Sadly, Tiffany’s story is not unique. A recent study by the PAIRS Foundation indicated as many as 70% of married men and women are contemplating separation or divorce.

love lost and found

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Marriage and health

For more than 150 years, policy-makers and researchers have known there’s a direct connection between marriage and health. Today, studies are increasingly identifying the specific aspects of marriage that promote wellness, healing, and increased life expectancy. This information provides a road map to strengthen couples, families and communities with significant medical, social, and economic benefits.

Effects of marital discord

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Study offers hope for marriages, families, and jobs

A study by the nonprofit PAIRS Foundation found statistically significant, lasting improvements in marital satisfaction for men and women who completed a nine-hour relationship skills training program. The organization says that expanding relationship skills training in communities nationwide offers the potential for creating tens of thousands of jobs while reducing billions in taxpayer expenses.

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As marriages threatened by fights over money, careers and in-laws, more couples benefit from skills training

Nearly two thirds of couples in committed relationships regularly argue with each other and more than a quarter quarrel more often than not. Researchers followed-up with hundreds of couples six months after they completed a nine-hour PAIRS Essentials class designed to improve communication, emotional understanding, and conflict resolution. Results of the follow-up study indicated a sharp decline in the frequency of disagreements with significant benefits for improving marriages, strengthening families and helping children succeed.

happy family pairs graduates

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