Hawkins, Alan J.
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Alan J. Hawkins, PhD, is a professor and director of the School of Family Life at Brigham University in Provo, Utah. He earned a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University in 1990. Professor Hawkins’ scholarship and outreach efforts focus on educational interventions and policies to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and relationships and to help fathers be deeply involved in the lives of their children. He is widely cited for his work that examines the overall effectiveness of marriage and relationship education, as well as fatherhood education, including nearly 10 peer-reviewed meta-analytic studies of the overall effectiveness of these educational programs. He has been intricately involved in state and federal policy efforts to strengthen families. In 2002-2003, he was a visiting scholar with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, working on the Federal Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Initiative. He was the Research Director for the original National Healthy Marriage Resource Center from 2004-2006. He is the past-Chair of the Utah Marriage Commission. He has served on the Research Advisory Group for the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative since 2010.

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Why We Should Push Back against Platonic Marriage

Sex makes marriage much more than just friendship with "benefits." The sexual excitement, the powerful bonding, the oneness, the potential creation of human life, even the vulnerability - all of this alchemizes friendship and sexual attraction into marriage. We have been separating sex from marriage for decades now, with foreseeable destruction. This latest innovation adds more fuel to the inferno.

Date posted: 2021-07-13