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March 2012 

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The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR), established in 2007 at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), welcomes you to News and Notes, our monthly electronic newsletter. News and Notes aims to keep you informed about the activities of the NCFMR. We will also announce funding and research opportunities, provide registration details for conferences and workshops, and keep you updated on current research findings.



What's New at the NCFMR...

Register for the NCFMR
Fathers & Fathering in Contemporary Contexts
2012 Research Conference 

Registration is required and seating is limited! Please email your name, title, and affiliation to After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with further details.

Just Released Data Resources


Family Profiles

Original reports summarizing and analyzing nationally representative data with the goal to provide the latest analysis of U.S. families.

The Data Source

Documents describing newly released data sets used by the family research community.

Working Paper Series 
A collection of working papers written by faculty affiliates, researchers, and advanced graduate students

NCFMR in the News
For a full list of NCFMR in the News items and for media links to each item, visit the NCFMR in the News webpage. 
  • Divorce Rate Has Remained Stable Over the Past Two Decades, Says Susan Brown
  • Wendy Manning's Research Finds Cohabiting's Effects on Marital Stability Have Changed
  • New Research by Susan Brown, NCFMR Co-Director, and I-Fen Lin, NCFMR BGSU Research Affiliate, Addresses "Gray Divorce" Among New Generation of Empty Nesters
  • Lisa Diamond and Angela Hicks, NCFMR Pilot Data Awardees, Find Couples Who Share Financial Problems Are the Most Satisfied
  • Susan Brown Comments on Large Families Surrounding Leading Presidential Candidates
  • NCFMR Research Finds Crossover in Median Age at First Marriage and First Birth
  • Susan Brown Comments on Changing Views of Marriage
  • Karen Benjamin Guzzo, NCFMR Research Affiliate, Discusses Path to Financial Fertility
  • Recently Released Research by Susan Brown and I-Fen Lin Addresses the Trend of Growing Old Single

NCFMR in the News



Proportion of Births to Unmarried Women in the U.S. Has More Than Doubled Over the Past Three Decades 

Over 40% of all U.S. births are to unmarried women. Most of these unmarried women are cohabiting with the child's father. One in four births is to a cohabiting woman, whereas fewer than 1 in 5 births is to a single, unpartnered woman. The rapid rise in unmarried childbearing coupled with the growth in cohabitation makes it important to disaggregate unmarried births to distinguish between those that occur to cohabiting versus single, unpartnered women.

Percentage of Births by Informal Marital Status of Mother,
% of Births by Informal Marital Status  
Source: NSFG 2006-2010

Family Profile

Upcoming Events 



April 2012 


Call for Proposals -- Wisconsin Council on Family Relations

Sustainability: Thriving in Challenging Times

Contact for submission deadlines and details 


Call for Applications -- CU Population Center 

Introduction to Spatial Demography: Geospatial Data and Spatial Regression 

Date Due: April 2

Link to University of Colorado at Boulder  


Call for Submissions -- Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 

2012 Themed Meeting: Transitions from Adolescence to Adulthood

Date Due: April 5

Link to SRCD 


Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MNAFEE) Conference

Dates: April 11-13

Link to MNAFEE 


Breakfast with NCCP

Help honor individuals who have made a lasting imprint in the battle against child poverty in America

Date: April 14



Call for Applications -- Feminism and Family Studies Awards

The Outstanding Research Proposal from a Feminist Perspective

The Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award

Date Due: April 15

Link to NCFR 


Call for Applications -- Summer Institute in LGBT Population Health

Date Due: April 16

Link to Center for Population Research in LGBT Health 


International Organization of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research (IOSSBR) Spring 2012 Conference

Date: April 23-25

Link to IOSSBR  


Center for Adolescent Research and Development (CARD) 2012 Conference

Adolescence in the 21st Century: Constants and Challenges 

Date: April 28 

Link to Mount St. Mary College

May 2012


Call for Applications -- NIJ PhD Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Date Due: May 2

Link to U.S. Department of Justice 


Call for Applications -- W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship for Research in Race, Gender, Culture, and Crime

Date Due: May 2

Link to U.S. Department of Justice 


New Integrated Fertility Survey Series (IFSS) Data Set Introductory Workshop

To be held at the PAA 2012 Annual Meeting (see PAA below)  

Date: May 2

Link to Population Studies Center (PSC) IFSS Brochure 


Population Association of America (PAA) 2012 Annual Meeting

Dates: May 3-5

Link to PAA 


Northwest Council on Family Relations Spring Conference

For Better AND Worse: The Revolution in Family Life

Date: May 18

Link to NWCFR 

2012 NCFMR Annual Research Conference

Fathers and Fathering in Contemporary Contexts

Dates: May 23-24

Link to NCFMR Conference Website 


15th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference

Dates: May 30-June 1

Link to Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, An Office of the Administration for Children & Families (ACF)   



June 2012


The Center for Research on Families (CRF) -- UMass, Amherst 

Summer 2012 Methodology Workshop Series 

Dates: Varied Dates in June

Link to CRF 



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