Patrick F. Fagan

Dr. Pat Fagan has been a grade school and college teacher, a therapist specializing in child, family and marital issues, executive director of a small think tank, a Senate staffer, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Family and Social Policy at HHS under President George Herbert Bush, a Senior Fellow of Family and Culture at the Heritage Foundation, and founder and Director of the Marriage and Religion Research Initiative ( ) first at Family Research Council, now at The Catholic University of America. 
He is publisher and editor of, has authored over thirty synthesis papers and has commissioned dozens of original research projects in marriage, family, child development and religious practice.  He and his wife Theresa have eight children and twelve grandchildren.

Hillbilly Elegy: The power of attachments beyond mother and father
3 Sep 2019 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: attachment, grandparents, Hillbilly Elegy
Where parents fail, others can make up

Early attachment is vital to happiness
20 Aug 2019 | FAMILY EDGE |  
But family breakdown and digital distractions undermine human bonds

Teen romance: becoming ourselves through relationships  
22 Nov 2018 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: adolescent sexuality, relationships, romance
And the need for wise instruction

Fathers, sons, and the sexual revolution we really need
31 Oct 2018 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: fathers, marriage, parenting, sex education
We have got sex so wrong. Rebuilding starts with men.

Who’s not afraid of having children?
16 Jul 2018 | ABOVE |  
tags: fertility, ideal family size
American women are having fewer children than they would like, a New York Times survey shows.

The escalation of pornography: a ten-year update
9 Mar 2018 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: internet use, pornography, smartphones
The causes and consequences of increased porn consumption.

Raising gentlemen in a #MeToo world
1 Feb 2018 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: #MeToo, courtship, fathers, parenting
Timely advice for fathers.

Would Weinstein harassment culture be so prevalent without sterile sex?
7 Dec 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: abortion, contraception, Weinstein effect
The exclusion of children allows lust - and power - free play.

Church and state, no. Government and religion, yes
23 Nov 2017 | ABOVE |  
tags: government, religion, secularism, society
Government should take account of religion given evidence it is good for society.

The hidden economy that love and mothers generate
6 Nov 2017 | FAMILY EDGE |  
tags: economics, mothers, redistribution
The dismal science leaves out half the economy.

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