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One in Four Adults Spends Holidays with Neighbors

Many American adults will enjoy Friendsgiving this week, an expression of the rich community that many adults tell Barna they find in their own neighborhoods. This infographic sheds more light on how Americans report sharing their lives with folks who occupy the same zip code.

Should Sex Ed Teach Abstinence? Most Americans Say Yes

Sexual norms have changed dramatically over the years, and young people are often left to their own devices (sometimes literally) when it comes to navigating sexuality. A new Barna study uncovers how Americans see their responsibility to educate and equip teens to make choices about sex.

Pastors and Parents Differ on Youth Ministry Goals

The tug-of-war between a parent’s protective instincts and their desire to raise fearless kids is felt in youth ministries. In partnership with Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, Barna conducted a major study on the state of youth ministry in the United States, looking at the expectations of pastors, youth leaders and parents.

The Trends Redefining Romance Today

Modern day romance is a fluid beast, and the expectations and demands of a rapidly changing culture have transformed the landscape of love. To examine those shifts, this article takes a peek at the changing dynamics of marriage and singleness, the trends toward premarital cohabitation, the impact of online dating and the possibilities of finding love at work.

The Myth of the Lazy Teen

Are teens just "slacktivists" or are they actually taking action beyond 140 characters? In partnership with Youth Specialties and YouthWorks, Barna conducted a major study on the state of youth ministry in the United States, which included a look at service and volunteering trends among teens.

What Do Americans Believe About Abortion?

In Barna's most recent poll, the majority of American adults say they believe abortion should be legal.

Majority of Americans Now Believe in Cohabitation

Cohabitation is the new norm. Shifting gender roles and expectations, the delay of marriage, and a secularizing culture are leading more American adults to believe that moving in together before tying the knot is a good idea. A recent Barna study asked Americans their views on cohabitation: the pros, cons, motivations, and effects of living together prior to marriage.

How Do You Define Marriage?

U.S. Adults Disagree on the Definition of Marriage

Tired & Stressed, but Satisfied: Moms Juggle Kids, Career & Identity

For Barna Group's FRAMES project, we surveyed American women to find out exactly how they feel about their commitments to family, church, career and community, and about the tensions that seem to pull them in opposite directions. Three-quarters of women told us they are satisfied with their lives but when we dug deeper, we found a lot going on beneath the surface.

Prodigal Pastor Kids: Fact or Fiction?

So where does this stereotype of the prodigal pastor kid come from? Are those who grow up as the children of faith workers really more inclined to "grow out" of church later in life? And is it as big of a trend as it is often perceived? The latest Barna study put these questions to the test, with surprising results.

5 Things You Need to Know About Adoption

To commemorate National Adoption Awareness Month, Barna Group presents five things you should know about adoption—what Jedd Medefind, author of Barna FRAME Becoming Home, calls one of the most important ways Christians can demonstrate their love for God to a skeptical culture.

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