HE BEHAVIORS OF THE
MERICAN FAMILY IN THE FIVE MAJOR INSTITUTIONS OF SOCIETY
The Annual Report on Family Trends brings together in one place the trendline data on family issues. In almost all cases, thedata is drawn from original federal government data.Though the U.S. Census Bureau’s annual
Statistical Abstract of the United States
is a wonderful product, the annual edition doesnot go back far enough to give the long-term view on most trendlines. Furthermore the federal data system is rather difficult forthe layman (and even for the demographic scholar) to navigate. Through this publication, we hope to remedy this situation andmake available data that are not easily accessible for most laymen.The Annual Report is designed to inform the reader about the American family in its current state, including its behaviors in thefive major institutions (five major tasks) of society: family, church, school, marketplace, and government. It is in these institutionsthat the next generation is born and raised; learns and applies transcendent truths; studies and is taught; where goods andservices are produced and traded to meet physical needs; and where society applies physical force when necessary for thecommon good, the general welfare. We have also included trendline data on health. Even though it is not a basic institution (thatis, essential to society’s ability to function), it is a major secondary institution, an emerging significant individual, family and socialbenefit.This first edition starts with about one third of the full dataset that we will eventually provide. Completing this task will takeanother two years. Next year (2012), we will provide an expanded set of trendlines, as well as an update on those provided inthis first edition. By 2013, we hope to have a complete range of family-related trendlines. Thereafter, we intend to issue anupdated Report annually.We hope that this contribution from the Marriage and Religion Research Institute of the Family Research Council will be usefulfor all who are interested in the state of the family and how we as a nation conduct our family life.
The Annual Report on Family Trends: 2011 www.marri.frc.org/Annual-Report2