Marital Happiness Improves Over Time

A study examining 20 years of data, discovered multiple factors that contribute to long-term marital happiness. Researchers found that a belief in lifelong marriage, high religiosity, shared decision-making and shared housework increased the odds of high happiness and low conflict in marriage. According to new research, marriages that remain together for more than 20 years also experience a

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Sextortion Among Adolescents

A research article published in late September outlined just how significant the issue of sextortion is among young people in the United States. According to the article, “Sextortion is the threatened dissemination of explicit, intimate, or embarrassing images of a sexual nature without consent, usually for the purpose of procuring additional images, sexual acts, money, or something else.”

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Comprehensive Sex Education Fails to Serve America’s Youth

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds), a national organization of child and adolescent physicians and health professionals, observes that most comprehensive sex education (CSE) programs offered in schools have not been effective at increasing long-term sexual abstinence in young people. Instead, the ACPeds reports that CSE curricula operates on the premise that sexual activity for teens is normal

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What Teens Are Watching This Fall

As fall TV season begins this month, Axis makes note of two new releases that are gaining popularity among teenagers. First, the third season of the show Riverdale begins airing on the CW this week. Although the series is based on the Archie comics, the show does not reflect the characteristics of the comic as it regularly uses sex, sensationalism, drama

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Working With Students is Noble and Admirable

Working With Students is Noble and Admirable While teaching a workshop for high school and collegiate administrators, deans and principals, author and speaker Tim Elmore posed the question “What changes do you plan to make this school year?” While passing through the discussion groups he heard one administrator say to his colleagues “I’m just biding

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California University Reaffirms Truth

Azusa Pacific University in California recently demonstrated the kind of unwavering leadership needed at Christian institutions by proving it is never too late to reaffirm truth as it relates to sex, marriage and gender. Religious institutions of higher learning are consistently faced with pressure to compromise beliefs pertaining to issues of sexual morality. After considering

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According to Facebook, Pregnancy Centers are Political

Facebook’s adjusted advertisement policy, implemented last May, has affected many non-profit organizations including Heartbeat International, an organization that comes alongside pregnancy resource centers in the United States and throughout the world. According to a recent blog published by the organization, Facebook stated that their submitted advertisement would run without a “paid for by” label. The ad was soon deemed

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that 1.3 million women and 835,000 men are victims of physical violence by a partner annually. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), an important national campaign created to consider prevention and recovery efforts and raise awareness for the many women and men impacted by domestic violence. Recognizing that domestic

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Creating a Family Media Plan

In a world where children are “growing up digital,” it’s important to help them learn healthy concepts of digital use and citizenship. Parents play an important role in teaching these skills. Here are a few tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help families manage the ever-changing digital landscape: Set screen time limits and encourage

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Teen Privacy: Where to Begin

From a locked diary a generation ago to private social media activity on today’s smartphones, parents and teens continue to face the same tension between privacy and protection, between freedom and accountability. Is it ever ok to invade my teen’s privacy? How do I keep tabs on their online activity while still giving them an

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Implications of Child Behavior in Divorce

According to the Marriage and Religion Research Institute, two national assessments show that parental divorce worsens children’s behavior, decreases life opportunities and increases the risk of morbidity and mortality. A recent study in the Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect also indicates that adverse childhood experiences (like divorce) reduce educational attainment and intimate relationship longevity.

Colorado Parents Win the Fight Against Pornography in School

A small group of parents in the Cherry Creek School District in Colorado fought for two years to have the district end services with EBSCO Information Services, a firm that embeds pornography in its academic databases. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) reports that “EBSCO promises ‘fast access to curriculum-appropriate content’ in their advertising to schools.”

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What is School Surveillance Software?

Children returning to school this year are more likely than ever to be given an electronic device such as a laptop or tablet. While the Children’s Internet Protection Act requires pubic schools to filter inappropriate content, some administrators want to do more to protect students. Increased rates of online bullying and teen suicide have prompted

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Guide to Mentoring Fathers

If you are an experienced dad, you have a great opportunity to mentor other fathers within your circle of influence. From dads who care for their own children to seasoned grandfathers, fathers of all types can make a difference. By tapping into your reservoir of fatherhood knowledge, you can offer your time to other fathers

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Inspiring Virtue in the Life of a Negative Test Client

Negative test clients are by far the most difficult clients for me to meet with. We often hear this phrase at the Abstinence Clearinghouse. While we agree that the client who receives a negative pregnancy test is difficult to consult, we know that the negative test client holds the greatest potential for transformation. When a

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Public Libraries Hosting Drag Queen Story Hours

  Recently, the American Library Association (ALA) has been actively encouraging libraries across the United States to host “Drag Queen Story Hours” for children. More than 25 locations in 20 states are participating in the story hours. In response to the events, CitizenGO and The Activist Mommy have created a petition to combat the overt sexual indoctrination in

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Sexual Integrity in South Africa

The Abstinence Clearinghouse had the opportunity to equip educators attending the Africa Cares 2018 Flourish Conference with materials to help inspire virtue in the lives of men and women in South Africa. These materials included our Sexual Exposure Chart Card. Abstinence educators, pregnancy center directors, volunteers and board members were among the sixty delegates who attended

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Sex Addiction Now Classified as a Mental Disorder

Recently, the USA Today reported that the World Health Organization (WHO) added “sex addiction” to its list of mental disorders. Many experts hope the new classification “will help change the disorder’s perception from a moral failing to simply a medical issue.” According to Breaking Point, one addiction specialist praised the WHO for removing sex addiction from the realm

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Addressing Teen Sleep Deprivation

With a new school year underway, many schools are addressing sleep deprivation in the classroom. According to the Child Mind Institute, biology, technology and societal expectations, combined with homework and extracurricular activities, create a perfect storm for chronic sleep deprivation. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect a teens mood, as well as their ability to think, react, regulate their emotions,

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