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Pulse Check: March 16, 2015 Issue

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Tweetable Facts Tweetable Facts

Marriage Homes and Violent Crime

Children from married homes are less likely to be victims of violent crime than other kids, even in high crime areas!

Graph showing Children's Rate of Exposure to Neighborhood Violence by Family Type, 2011-2012

SOURCE: Even in Unsafe Neighborhoods, Kids Are Safer in Married Families, by Nicholas Zill, Family Studies

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Research_Notes Research Notes

Is College Corrosive to Faith?

Leading research conducted at the University of Texas, Austin finds that young adults who attend college – secular or Christian – are less likely to lose their faith than their non-college-attending peers. The reason is not ideology of faith-hostile professors, but simply because those who have goals and are working toward them tend to stick with things, including their faith.

SOURCE: How Corrosive Is College to Religious Faith and Practice, by Mark D. Regnerus & Jeremy E. Uecker, Social Science Research Council

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SYSK Stuff You Should Know

Born That Way?

On the question of whether our gay and lesbian neighbors are just “born that way”, the American Psychiatric Association explains,

There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors. Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

SOURCE: For A Better Understanding of Sexual Orientation & Homosexuality, American Psychological Association

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