Join us for the annual release of the Fourth Index of Family Belonging. The Index charts the present intactness of the family in the U.S. by examining the proportion of seventeen year olds who live in an intact married family. The Valentine's Day season reminds us of the joy that can come from healthy romantic pursuits. As a culture we have forgotten that lasting love is about more than delicate kisses, playful banter, or physical beauty. When the initial feelings of romance wane great couples move on to real love. The Marriage and Religion Research Institute demonstrates each year this Index of Belonging or lasting love. Come join FRC and learn more about how the patterns of love and rejection are distributed across the country.
Patrick F. Fagan is Senior Fellow and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI), which examines the relationships among family, marriage, religion, community, and America's social problems, as illustrated in the social science data. A native of Ireland, Fagan earned his Bachelor of Social Science degree, a professional graduate degree in psychology (Dip. Psych.) as well as his Ph.D. from University College Dublin.