While most Americans today have family members who once served or are currently serving in the armed forces, a new Pew Research Center study finds there is a large gap on this measure between older and younger adults.
In the last 50 years, fathers have become much more involved in the day-to-day lives of the children they live with. During that same time period, though, the share of fathers living apart from their children has risen dramatically, to 27% in 2010.
Researchers recently presented some findings that dispute the popular (or academic) wisdom about important aspects of family life and bear upon relevant findings from Pew Research surveys.
While 52% of Millennials say being a good parent is "one of the most important things" in life, just 30% say the same about having a successful marriage
The American public is sharply divided in its judgments about the sweeping changes in the structure of the nation's families that have unfolded over the past half century. About a third generally accepts the changes, a third is tolerant but skeptical and a third considers them bad for society.
More than four-in-ten adults have at least one step relative. They are just as likely as others to say family is important, but they typically feel a stronger sense of obligation to biological family members than to step relatives.