tag:billcoffin.org,2013:/posts Coffin Corner 2022-10-05T15:11:40Z Bill Coffin tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1887209 2022-10-05T15:11:39Z 2022-10-05T15:11:40Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Julian, C. A. (2022). Median age at first divorce, 2020. Family Profiles, FP-22-23. Bowling Green, OH: National Center for Family & Marriage Research. https://doi.org/10.25035/ncfmr/fp-22-23

2. Child Well-Being in Single-Parent Families


3. Understanding the Effects of Healthy Relationship Programs for Youth

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 4:00pm Eastern/1:00pm Pacific

4. Poverty Rate of Children Higher Than National Rate, Lower for Older Populations

Craig Benson


Exploring Participating Patterns in Three HMRE Programs

This report describes typical patterns of participation in three healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs that were part of the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) evaluation.  

Read the Report >

Participation Patterns in Three Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs for Adults with Low Incomes: Lessons for the Field

6. The 2022 American Family Survey


7. A Nation of Boys at Risk

More male-friendly education requires more male teachers and more vocational learning

8.  Child Welfare and Early Intervention: Policies and Practices to Promote Collaboration and Help Infants and Toddlers Thrive 

Daniel Ferguson, Sheila Smith, Maribel Granja, Olivia Lasala, and Hope Cooper

9. Parenting practices in teen years set the stage for closeness, warmth later on

Sara P. Brennen


Why Is Marriage Worth Fighting For?

Ryan and Selena Frederick


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1884722 2022-09-29T22:17:34Z 2022-09-29T22:17:35Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Latino Children Have Diverse Family Structures, But Most Live With Two Parents

Yiyu Chen, Lina Guzman

4.  Responsible Fatherhood Programs: Children Benefit from a More Integrated Family Approach

Carolyn Pape Cowan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley,
Alan J. Hawkins, Ph.D., Brigham Young University, 
Philip A. Cowan, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

5.  Parenting Styles: A Closer Look at a Well-Known Concept 

Sofie Kuppens , Eva Ceulemans

6. Twenty years of research on relationship maintenance: More diversity is needed

Marianne Stein, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

7. How Marital Status and Children Affect Social Safety Net Participation

Michael D. King and Zachary Scherer

8. Defining and Measuring the Complexity of Stepfamilies in the United States

Lindsey Aldrich, Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Susan L. Brown, and Krista K. Payne


Unique Aspects of Adolescent and Young Adult Romantic Relationship Attitudes, Experiences, and Quality

Eric Eben Sevareid, Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Wendy D. Manning, Susan L. Brown, Katherine L. Graham, Krista K. Westrick-Payne

9. The 2022 American Family Survey

Webcast Tuesday, Oct 04, 2022 ,1:00 PM EDT - 2:15 PM EDT

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1881666 2022-09-21T23:54:33Z 2022-09-21T23:54:34Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five

University Of Michigan: The Ties That Bind- Joint Children May Strengthen Stepfamily Ties To Older Parents

Responding to the Current Youth Mental Health Crisis and Preventing the Next One: Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief


3. Record number of young people in Japan rejecting marriage, survey shows

Justin McCurry in Tokyo


Pathways from economic hardship to couple conflict by socioeconomic status during COVID-19 in Korea

4. Latinx families’ strengths and resilience contribute to their well-being


Natasha Cabrera, Angelica Alonso, Yu Chen, and Rachel Ghosh


5. Increase in Income Inequality Driven by Real Declines in Income at the Bottom

Jessica Semega and Melissa Kollar

6. Children and war: Loss, family stress, and attachment relationships

Lisa Gorman Ufer and Hiram Fitzgerald





Social Media Strategies to Increase Engagement

with Fathers and Communities

Wednesday September 28, 2022

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EDT

Register for Free

8. Opinion: The biggest weapon of mass distraction in marriage? Your cellphone

9. What May We Expect from the Family?

Gerhard Ludwig Müller

10. Should You Reward Teens for Being Kind?


11. Integrating Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education into an Employment Training Program: The Impacts of Career STREAMS


Thanks. We had a wonderful time in Portugal, esp Fatima since we were there for the events the eve of the 12th and the morning of the 13th https://www.fatima.pt/en/pages/online-transmissions


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1875200 2022-09-01T01:04:57Z 2022-09-01T01:04:57Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five

Evaluation Highlights from Local Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education (HMRE) Programs in the 2015-2020 Cohort

Explore findings from selected local evaluations carried out by HMRE grantees in the 2015-2020 grantee cohort. OFA funds these grantees to support and strengthen family relationships and economic well-being.

Read the Brief >

2. Census Bureau Releases Schedule for Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Statistics and American Community Survey Estimates


Does Marrying Younger Mean Marrying More Often?


3. Responding to the Current Youth Mental Health Crisis and Preventing the Next One

Proceedings of a Workshop–in Brief

4. What Grieving Children Need From the Grown-Ups in Their Lives

5. National Data on Age Gradients in Well-being Among US Adults

Ying Chen, ScD1,2; Richard G. Cowden, PhD2; Jeffery Fulks, PhD3,4; et al

6. Digital hell: Parents’ inability to handle kids’ screen time habits lead to more arguments, family tension

John Anderer

7. “Normal” childhood in the lives of financially struggling white daughters and mothers

Annaliese Grant

8. Family Socialization Around Race/Ethnicity and Racism: Advancing Understanding of Racial/Ethnic Inequalities in the U.S.

Penn State’s 30th Annual Symposium on Family Issues

9. Cities where millennials are getting married

Andrew Gaug, St. Joseph News-Press, Mo.

10. How Senior Couples Make Marriage Better

Francine and Byron Pirola

Thanks. We will be biking in Portugal starting next week. I'll be back with more input here on 9/29.

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1870008 2022-08-18T12:48:06Z 2022-08-18T12:48:06Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Episode 121: 36 Questions to Spark Intimacy

PODCAST The Science of Happiness

2. Do men really die sooner? Study finds married and educated men often outlive women

3.  Family Hubs and Start for Life programme guide

4. The recording and materials for the OFA Webinar: TANF and Relationship Education: Lessons Learned from Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grantees Providing Stability Through Challenging Times 

5. Study suggests 10-plus hours sleep overnight eases kindergarten transition


6. Does Your State Have a Marriage Penalty?

Janelle Fritts

7. Marriage, BBC One review - a brilliantly executed drama series with a big heart

 Helen Hawkins

8. Stronger Marriage Webinar: Emily Freeze, LMFT, MPH, PMH-C - Sex, Intimacy, and Infertility

Aug 24, 2022, 05:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

9. Low parent interest in COVID-recovery interventions should worry educators and policymakers alike

Dan Silver, Anna Saavedra, and Morgan Polikoff

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1867166 2022-08-11T20:14:08Z 2022-08-11T20:14:09Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Resources for Supporting Healthy Relationships in Fatherhood Programs


2. The Downsides of Having an Athlete in the Family

By Linda Flanagan

3. Continuing Education Course: Education, Politics, and the Family

September 7, 2022 — December 7, 2022 (6:30pm - 8:30pm)

4. 10 Questions Parents Should Ask Their Child’s Teacher Before School Starts

Frederick M. Hess | Forbes

5. NCFR Bridge: Virtual Registration for NCFR 2022

6. JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Marriage After the Kids Leave
Wednesday, September 7th at

12:00 PM CST - 1:00 PM CST

7. Love isn’t blind: Romantic partners are fairly accurate judges of their better half’s abilities, study indicates

by Emily Manis

8. Marriage, With a Side of Pickleball

By Rachel Simon


9. Changemakers Convene To Identify Solutions For Military And Veteran Families


10. The Marriage Reality Check webinar Aug 18, 7:30 CT


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1863870 2022-08-04T00:31:03Z 2022-08-04T00:31:03Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five # 431
1. Marital Status Variation in Religiosity Among Older Women and Men

Francesca A. Marino & Kagan A. Mellencamp

2. Stretching Grant Dollars and Expanding Reach: “Teachers as Facilitators”of Healthy Relationship Programming

Wednesday, August 10, 2022, 4:00pm Easter/1:00pm Pacific


HHS Convening on Advancing Primary Prevention in Human Services, 8/9-10

4. Protecting children from the pandemic’s impacts requires that we support their parents

By Ann S. Masten |


Aaron Cooper, Ph.D.

6. It’s time to give Black fathers the credit they deserve


7. Utah Marriage Commission at USU Provides Relationship Resources

By Julene Reese

8. Inflation for Americans at each age

9. Men’s Silence in Relationships

10. As children’s ADHD diagnoses rise, parents discover they have it, too

By Natachi Onwuamaegbu


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1861325 2022-07-28T22:11:45Z 2022-07-28T22:11:45Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. A Conversation with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT): The Future of Conservative Family Policy

Thursday, July 28, 2022 @ AEI

2. Networks of opportunity: Social capital and economic mobility

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022,10:30 AM EDT - 11:45 AM EDT

3. New online tool offers roadmap to financial independence

4. Low-Conflict Marriage: Why I Tell My Clients It’s Good Enough

Jolie Warren, Marital and Family Therapist

5.  Discernment in Daily Family Life 

by Soren & Ever Johnson

6. Why marriage prep isn’t (just) about learning things: Interview 

Fr. Rosini, Rome's vicar for vocations

7. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: MAST Center’s 2023 Graduate Internship Program


8. Marriage Advance strengthens marriages, builds community

Story by Monica K. Guthrie

9. 50% of Japanese women think work hampers married life

10. From our trip to the Canadian Rockies/Lake Louise



Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1858271 2022-07-21T21:56:56Z 2022-07-21T21:57:10Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. A Conversation with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT): The Future of Conservative Family Policy

Thursday, July 28, 2022 | 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM ET


Forum for Children’s Well-Being, 

The National Academies 

3. Family Strengthening Research Report 2021



Home Visitor Professional Well-Being: What It Is and Why It Matters

4. Study: Dads’ money woes can set stage for family conflict

By Erin Blakemore, WAPO


6. NRCDV’s Storytelling Institute is a FREE live two-day virtual training 

 on August 11 and August 12, 12:00pm – 4:00pm (ET).

7. MOAA, Military Family Groups Seek Solutions to Quality-of-Life Concerns

By: Jen Goodale


Mind-Body Mental Fitness

Jennifer Arellano, Work and Family Life Specialist at FFSC Sigonella

8. 5 Tips for Cultivating Empathy

9. Is Your Child Economically Literate?

10. What “Family” Means to New York Elites

Naomi Schaefer Riley

11. Where Are the Parents?

Michael Torres

12. Marriage on Purpose is a podcast

Christin and Jaren Risselman

Baker's Dozen
13. Medieval Europeans Didn’t Have Tupperware, They Had Pastry Coffins


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1855170 2022-07-14T20:42:36Z 2022-07-14T20:42:37Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Love doves: The enduring marriage of Willie and Angela Scott

 Courtland Milloy

2. Congressman Johnson announces $1.5M grant for Conyers nonprofit helping youths to build healthy relationships


3. 2022 Healthy Marriage Conference: The Gathering for Growing Relationships
Saturday, July 30, 2022 9:00 AM

4. Illuminating the origins of the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology with a novel genetically informed design

S. Alexandra Burt
D. Angus Clark and
Jenae M. Neiderhiser


When dad is sad: Depression in fathers and children linked, regardless of genetic relatedness

John Anderer

5. Keep Marriage Alive: How to Avoid Relational Apathy

6. 3 JMF Articles Named Finalists for Kanter Award


7. What Is Friendship?

Views from around the world

8. Poor diet, household chaos may impair young children’s cognitive skills



The Military Family Advisory Network 

10. Hasbro and New York Times Games Are Bringing Wordle to Life in a New Board Game

Thanks...till next week


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1852175 2022-07-07T16:35:10Z 2022-07-07T16:35:11Z Candidates for Friday Five
1. Median Age at First Marriage, 2021

Christopher A. Julian

2. Costs of Evidence-Based Early Childhood Home Visiting: Results from the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation

OFFICE OF PLANNING, RESEARCH & EVALUATION, An Office of the Administration for Children & Families

3. Young people need more than Relationship Sex Education (RSE) in the classroom to achieve the relationships they want

Emily Laber-Warren

5. 10 Things Kids Learn from Their Parents’ Marriage

By Doug Fields

6. Fatherhood Programs Can Support Fathers’ Healthy Relationships With Children and Coparents

Lisa Kim,Elizabeth Karberg

7. Focusing on Families: How Districts and States Can Support Families to Form Strong Partnerships with Schools

Jaimie Grazi Orland

8.  OFA Webinar: TANF and Relationship Education: Lessons Learned from Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grantees Providing Stability Through Challenging Times (PPT)

9. Children Living with at Least One Foreign-Born Parent More Likely to Live with Two Parents than Children with Native-Born Parents


10. 1 in 4 Britons don’t think they will meet the ‘right’ person to marry, survey shows

Kate Ng

Thanks...off to see Top Gun with one of my grandsons.

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1842937 2022-06-16T23:22:56Z 2022-06-16T23:22:56Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
I'll be on vacation the next two Thursdays in the Canadian Rockies and won't be providing input 

Amy Joyce

2. How Paternity Leave Helps Dads and Babies Bond

By Maryam Abdullah

3. Unhappy Father’s Day: the dad-shaped hole in UK postnatal services


Bringing Baby Home: UK fathers in the first year after the birth 

Adrienne Burgess & Rebecca Goldman


Children’s National Hospital psychologist Eleanor Mackey, PhD

5. The kids who have never known life without Covid-19


Tuesday, June 28, 2022

2:00-2:45 p.m. Eastern Time

7. These Fathers are Unseen and Unsupported

Posted by Christopher A. Brown

8. Vatican releases suggestions for lengthier, revamped marriage preparation

By Cindy Wooden

9. 4 Reasons to Get Premarital Counseling

10. Romney Revamps His Family Security Act

11. 1 in 4 singles in 30s not willing to marry: Japan gov't survey

Thanks.  I'll provide my next input on July 7


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1840118 2022-06-09T16:19:26Z 2022-06-09T16:19:27Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Professional Development Grants


2. Strengthening Partnerships Between Fatherhood and Human Services Programs to Improve Father Engagement

3. Forget the Great Resignation: The Great Renegotiation Has Begun as Parents Prioritize Employer-Sponsored Child Care Benefits

4. How mother-youth emotional climate helps adolescents cope with stress

by Marianne Stein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5. What North Carolina counties have the highest marriage rates?

by: Braley Dodson

6. Getting Married? Let's Talk Taxes

Rocky Mengle

7. Why does this family-focused tax credit emphasize marriage and employment?

8. Season of birth is not related to risk of developing anxiety or depression

By Emily Reynolds


Upcoming Webinar

Reimagining Black Family and Child Well-Being in Research, Programming, and Public Policy
Wednesday, June 15, 2:00pm-3:30pm Eastern | Register here.


WEBINAR Replay: The Success Sequence: New Research Findings

10. When you're the mom of a high school senior

Suzanne Hayes


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1837632 2022-06-02T22:21:20Z 2022-06-02T22:21:20Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Marriage, Divorce, and the COVID-19 Pandemic in the U.S.

Krista Westrick-Payne & Wendy D. Manning

2. The Success Sequence: New Research Findings

 Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

3. The Challenging Future of Long-term Care for Older Adults

Stuart M. Butler, PhD1

4. Agency: A Book Event with Ian Rowe and Yuval Levin

5. Leading the DRIVE: A Fatherhood Summit on Diversity, Reentry, Inclusion, Vision, and Employment

National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse Virtual Event , Jun 15, 2022 --Jun 16, 2022

6. 5 workplace behaviors that hurt your marriage

Mary Jo Rapini

7. Perspective: The benefits of marriage shouldn’t only be for elites

By Brad Wilcox and Chris Bullivant

8. Coparenting and Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education for Dads (CHaRMED) Project

Child Trends

9. Finding Love (and Marriage) by Accident in Upstate New York

Aileen Weintraub

10. 11th Annual NARME Summit   Salt Lake City, UT


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1834161 2022-05-26T18:16:14Z 2022-05-26T18:16:15Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. The 21st Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) will be held virtually on June 1–3, 2022

2. Who Is Receiving Social Safety Net Benefits?

3. Tell The Post for Father's Day: What does it mean to you to be a man?

4. People Are Dating All Wrong, According to Data Science

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

5. Marriage rates for opposite-sex couples drop to lowest on record

By Laura Mowat, news reporter


Before you go down the aisle — the growth of marriage prep

Abigail Frymann Rouch

6. Is there finally some good news on the birthrate front?

By Lois M. Collins

7. 7 important life lessons learned from 'This Is Us'

Elizabeth Wellington - The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)


Call the Midwife star explains why Turner marriage resonates with fans

8. Does Living Together Before You're Married Make Divorce Less Likely?

9. Seven Spring Date Ideas

Marlee Arnold

10. Realizing the Dream: What Does the Success Sequence Have to Do with the Economic Welfare of Black and Hispanic Young Adults?

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 5:00 PM to 6:15 PM ET

Thanks. Have a great weekend!

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1831091 2022-05-19T12:42:19Z 2022-05-19T12:42:19Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Nine Tips for Talking With Kids About Trauma

After a tragedy, kids will have questions. How do we respond?


2. Panel Discussion: Addressing the Children's Mental Health Crisis

HOSTED VIRTUALLY by  The Family Institute at Northwestern University 
Wednesday, May 25th, 2022, 12:00 PM CST - 1:00 PM CST

3. The Importance of Family in Human Development—Interview with Delano Squires | VIEWPOINT


The Key to a Good Parent-Child Relationship? Low Expectations.

Arthur C. Brooks

4. How Married Couples Make Decisions about Charitable Giving

Stewardship is the operating name of Stewardship Services (UKET)

5. The nuclear family has failed

There is nothing conservative about atomisation


6. Military Families Push the Army to ‘Normalize Parenthood’

 Mariel Padilla

7. ‘Not been a great time for romance,’ with the fewest marriages in the United States since 1963

By MIKE STOBBE - AP Medical Writer


States Where Marriage Rates Plummeted During the Pandemic

Overall, the total number of marriages recorded in the U.S. in 2020 was the lowest it had been since 1963.

8. National Families Week – 15 to 21 May

9. Brad Wilcox: The Impact of COVID-19 on Family Trends in America

10. Are there data-inspired parenting ‘hacks’ — and should you use them?

Experts say data on child-rearing is complicated and may tell the average story, but not necessarily yours

By Lois M. Collins

11. How many marriages and divorces took place in 2020? 

Enjoy the rest of your day! Thanks.

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1829131 2022-05-12T22:17:59Z 2022-05-12T22:17:59Z Re: Candidates for IFS Friday Five
11. Why are young North Koreans shunning marriage more than ever?

More women than men in the country are keen to delay or even abandon their marriage plans

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1828980 2022-05-12T14:43:52Z 2022-05-12T14:43:52Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five

John Cuddeback

2. Did child maltreatment fall under COVID-19?

Child Welfare Monitor 

3. Supporting Healthy Coparenting and Intimate Relationships in Fatherhood Programs

Monday, May 23rd from 1:30-3:00 PM, ET.

4.  How to discipline in the heat of a moment

Deborah Farmer Kris


May 14 Digital Wellness Symposium information and registration: 


6. Stress Is Contagious in Relationships

Rosie Shrout, PhD

7. Social participation and marital satisfaction in mid to late life marriage

8. Over half of 20-somethings in South Korea don’t plan to have children after marriage–poll

9. What Makes a Good Marriage?

David T. Culkin Ph.D.

10. Good Jobs for Young Adults Can Boost Their Lifetime Earnings and Well-being

Gabriel Piña, Kristin Anderson Moore, Vanessa Sacks, Alison McClay

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1826327 2022-05-04T15:52:48Z 2022-05-04T15:52:49Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Research and Evaluation Conference on Self-Sufficiency (RECS) 2022

virtually on June 1–3, 2022 from 1:00–5:00 pm ET.


Family Stability - Bridging America's Social Capital Divide

3. How to Know if Your Child Is Being Bullied

Jamie Howard, PhD


Building Better Childhoods

4. Family Care Toolkit

5. American Community Survey Data for Nonprofits

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET

6. Relationship Churning: Recognizing and Understanding On-Again/Off-Again Relationships

Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 4:00 pm Eastern/1:00 pm Pacific

7. Married poor more stable than unmarried rich

8.  Variation in the educational consequences of parental death and divorce: The role of family and country characteristics 

Carlijn Bussemakers Gerbert Kraaykamp Jochem Tolsma

9. Young people call on the media to help them form and sustain healthy and dependable relationships

Fastn and Media Trust


11. New research highlights 'significant gap' in evidence about effectiveness of relationship education programs

by University of Exeter

12. Parenting With a Kind Mind: Exploring Kindness as a Potentiator for Enhanced Brain Health

Maria Teresa Johnson*, Julie M. Fratantoni, Kathleen Tate and Antonia Solari Moran

13. Average age to get married rises to 38.2, CSO finds

Bill (feeling better but  winded easily)

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1824437 2022-04-28T18:37:29Z 2022-04-28T18:37:29Z Re: Candidates for the IFS Friday Five
11. OurRelationship — Flexible Online Support for Military Couples

Military OneSource
Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1824292 2022-04-28T00:31:37Z 2022-04-28T00:31:37Z Candidates for the IFS Friday Five
Some of you know this: I had a sextuple bypass the day after Easter and got home last Fri. 
Feeling a little better already! Month+ recovery. Had to cancel our Ignatian Pilgrimage in May.
Feeling blessed, grateful for family, and glad to be back.

1. Understanding How Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Program Evaluations Have Measured Child Well-Being

Using Learning Cycles to Strengthen Fatherhood Programs: An Introduction to the Strengthening the Implementation of Responsible Fatherhood Programs (SIRF) Study

What Strategies Can Programs Use to Help More Dads Participate in Fatherhood Services?

2. That ‘homeless person’ could be someone’s son. Mine, for instance.

By Shannon Jones

3. Demonstrating the impact of a volunteer family support program: Insights from an RCT

Jayne Meyer Tucker, Rebekah Grace, Angela Styman and Joanna Schwarzman

4. What We Lose When We Conflate Child “Abuse” and “Neglect”

by , Molly Parker

The Southern Illinoisan

5. Why Kids Make the Best Philosophers

By Scott Hershovitz

6. Study investigates link between African American couples’ relationship quality and depressive symptoms

7. First-of-its-kind study compares domestic violence programs, finds promising results

Amie Zarling, a clinical psychologist and associate professor of human development and family studies at Iowa State.

8. Surface Force Helps Pregnant Sailors Thrive Through Artemis Program


Do You Have a Parent-Child Marriage?

March 2022 Traffic Stats


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1816529 2022-04-08T18:38:30Z 2022-04-08T18:38:31Z Fwd: OPRE HMRF News - April 2022

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Date: Fri, Apr 8, 2022 at 10:00 AM
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HMRF Newsletter Issue 11 

In This Issue: 

  • Three New Reports and a Synthesis Brief with the Final Results from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) Evaluation
  • Toolkit for Implementing New Program Components or Services in Fatherhood Programs  

  • Two Impact Reports Published from Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation
  • Final Reports on the 2015-2020 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantee Cohort from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project
  • Highlights from the Second Meetings of the FRAMING Research Project’s Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Groups


Three New Reports and a Synthesis Brief with the Final Results from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) Evaluation

The Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) study released impact findings on the three interventions tested: the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Justice Involved Individuals Seeking Employment (CBI-Emp) study which tested the effects on fathers’ employment, criminal justice system involvement, and relationships with coparents; the Just Beginning study which tested the effects on father-child relationships; and the DadTime study which explored the feasibility, usability, and impact of a smartphone app to promote fathers’ attendance in a parenting intervention. Three separate reports describe the implementation, impact, and cost findings for each intervention tested. A syntheis brief summarizes the lessons across the three studies.

For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis.


The DadTime study adds to a growing field of research on the use of technology to promote engagement in services. The report includes important insights for programs interested in designing and implementing a smartphone app to promote father engagement. Key tips include:

  • Determine the purpose and role of the app
  • Integrate the app into existing programs and processes
  • Ask research questions that can identify critical features or content for app interventions and that are matched to outcomes


The CBI-Emp and Just Beginning curricula tested in B3 built on emerging innovations and evidence in the fatherhood field about what fathers may want and need from community-based programs. Below are cross-cutting lessons from the B3 tests of CBI-Emp and Just Beginning:

  • The implementation of new curricula did not reduce fathers’ participation in other services, suggesting that organizations can implement new services without reducing participation in other program services.
  • To engage and retain fathers in new services, it is important to thoroughly understand and meet their essential needs, remove barriers to participation, and engage them in services quickly after enrollment.
  • When implementing new curricula, organizations should reserve resources for ongoing staff training and technical assistance.
  • Since not all interventions are appropriate and effective for all fathers, consider strategies for reaching the intervention’s ideal target population in the context of the existing programs’ settings.

For more practitioner-oriented resources from the B3 project, please visit the B3 project’s webpage.


B3 Study Releases New Toolkit for Fatherhood Programs Interested in Implementing New Program Components or Services

A new toolkit from the Building Bridges and Bonds (B3) evaluation provides fatherhood program practitioners with user-friendly, hands-on resources to support implementation of new program components or services within existing fatherhood programs. The resources include a set of downloadable tools along with an interactive web-based brief and a longer resource document to support use of the tools.

For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis.                 


This toolkit describes and provides specific resources to support three key phases of adding new program components into existing services:

  • Ready guides programs through steps to prepare for program changes
  • Set helps programs create a foundation and put things in place for successful implementation
  • Go aids programs in implementation and continual learning

Two Impact Reports Published from Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS) Evaluation

Explore two impact reports from the Strengthening Relationship Education and Marriage Services (STREAMS): the one-year impact findings of MotherWise, a healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program designed to serve expectant and new mothers with low incomes in Denver, Colorado and the one-year impact findings from the Empowering Families healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) program, which integrated economic stability services with HMRE content for couples with low incomes raising children together. In addition to describing the programs’ impacts after one year, the reports also provide information on program implementation and costs and document the study methods.

For more information, contact Samantha Illangasekare.


Considerations for programs working with pregnant or parenting mothers:

  • Relationship outcomes may take longer than one year post-enrollment to unfold, and these may be harder constructs to target at the individual level
  • Serving mothers during particular life points such as during pregnancy or just after child birth may make them more receptive to learning about healthy relationships

Considerations for programs working with adult couples:

  • Programs should consider integrating relationship education and financial literacy into the core HMRE programming couples jointly receive
  • Lowering economic stress may make it easier for couples to absorb and apply relationship education information received from the program
  • Teaching couples how to better communicate with one another may result in couples being better able to jointly manage their finances and reduce family’s economic hardships

Final Reports in the 2015-2020 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantee Cohort from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project

Explore four new reports from the Fatherhood and Marriage Local Evaluation (FaMLE) and Cross-Site Project that present final results of the analysis of the 2015 cohort of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood grantees using nFORM data. Separate reports summarize findings for healthy marriage grantees serving adults, healthy marriage grantees serving youth, and responsible fatherhood grantees, along with an overarching technical appendix which includes supplementary findings. The reports address how grantees reached potential clients, the services they provided, how they supported staff, the challenges they faced in implementing their programs, the characteristics of the clients they served, and how clients changed from the beginning to the end of the program.

For more information, contact Katie Pahigiannis or Pooja Curtin.


In a recent community forum, members of the FaMLE and Cross-Site Project team showcased the results from the final cross-site analysis of nFORM data from the 2015 HMRF grantee cohort. Research and program experts discussed the findings and their implications for HMRF programs and the field more broadly. The recording and presentation slides can be found here.


Highlights from the Second Meeting of the FRAMING Research Project’s Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Technical Work Groups

Explore highlights from OPRE's second FRAMING Research Technical Workgroup (TWG) convenings, which brought together research and practice experts to discuss healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) and responsible fatherhood (RF) programming, research, and evaluation. The HMRE TWG report summarizes their discussion of the challenges of implementing HMRE programs for youth and individual adults, building the evidence base for the effectiveness of these programs, and five top priorities they identified for future work. The RF TWG report summarizes their discussion of implementation and impacts of programs designed to improve the economic stability of fathers with a history of criminal justice involvement, barriers these fathers face in trying to be involved fathers, and ways programs can help fathers overcome these barriers. The RF TWG also identified four top priorities for future work.

For more information, contact Kriti Jain or Samantha Illangasekare.          

The purpose of this newsletter is to connect with researchers, curriculum developers, practitioners, service providers, and other community partners or collaborators to share knowledge about Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) research and evaluation.

This newsletter adds to the sources of information that exist on HMRF programs, services, curricula, and practices by specifically focusing on research and evaluation conducted by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in conjunction with the Office of Family Assistance (OFA), both within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

For more information about OPRE’s HMRF research and evaluation portfolio, please contact Katie.Pahigiannis@acf.hhs.gov.

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1813463 2022-03-31T23:10:40Z 2022-03-31T23:10:41Z Re: Candidates for IFS Friday Fifty
50. Outcomes and Outcome Domains Examined in HMRE Evaluation Studies

Sydney J. Briggs, April Wilson, Mindy E. Scott, and Deja Logan


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1813366 2022-03-31T19:51:24Z 2022-03-31T19:51:24Z Candidates for IFS Friday Fifty



Latina teenagers in United States spend more time with parents and siblings than do other teenagers

Elizabeth Ackert and Jocelyn Wikle

3. NCFR Call for Papers — The Science of Families: Nurturing Hope, Happiness, & Health

Special Section of Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science

4. How Is Your Marriage?

Kevin A. Thompson

5. The life-long psychological effects your first love has on you

Jaimee Bell

6. Black children and adolescents can achieve greater heights with research-informed policies and practices

Mavis Sanders, Joy Thompson, Kristen Harper

7. Engaging Community Members in Evaluations of Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Programs

8. A Call to Connection

Casper ter Kuile with Angie Thurston, Sue Phillips, and Derrick Scott IIl

9. Marriage in the US today

10. Addressing the national mental health crisis: Opportunities and challenges

Webcast Wednesday, Apr 06, 2022, 2:30 PM EDT - 4:00 PM EDT


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1810543 2022-03-24T20:35:29Z 2022-03-24T20:35:29Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five #414 (Elite 8 edition)
1. Socioeconomic Factors and Differences in Forming and Maintaining Marriages and Cohabitations

Paul Hemez, Karen Benjamin Guzzo, Kasey Eickmeyer, Susan L. Brown, Wendy D. Manning, and Krista K. Payne

2. Talking to Kids You Love - 3 - Empathic Listening


Exploring Community Member Engagement in the Evaluation of HMRF Programs

This report from the Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research) project provides practical guidance to Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood (HMRF) researchers on how to engage community members in designing and conducting evaluations of HMRF programs. It includes common frameworks for engaging community members in research, strategies that HMRF researchers can use to apply these frameworks, challenges that could affect researchers’ ability to implement these engagement strategies, and some possible solutions to those challenges.

Read the Report >


Making Evaluations Rigorous and Relevant: The Role of Active Engagement in Developing Learning Agendas for the Division of Family Strengthening

4. Episode 4: Married to a partner struggling with their mental health


New Findings May Offer Insight for Interventions to Strengthen Long Term Marriage Stability for People with Traumatic Brain Injury

5. Marriage backlog forcing couples to defer or relocate weddings

Joanne Hunt

6. This is What Children Need Most to Thrive

Posted by Christopher A. Brown

7. Income assistance, marriage, and child poverty: An assessment of the Family Security Act

8. Is your marriage driving you to eat?

by: Karen Owoc


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1808153 2022-03-17T20:11:14Z 2022-03-17T20:11:14Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Call for Papers: The Discipline of Family Science

Special Issue in Marriage & Family Review

2. Why Does the Richest Country in the World Have So Many Poor Kids? (Update)

3. Artificial intelligence reveals these 2 key factors predict if your marriage is doomed

John Anderer

4. Canada saw the lowest number of divorces in 2020 since 1973: report

By Gabby Calugay-Casuga

6. Why Fatherhood Turns Men Into Better People

Ben Schwencke


Coparenting and Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education for Dads (CHaRMED): Results from a Qualitative Study of Staff and Participant Experiences in Nine Fatherhood Programs

7. California among states with the lowest marriage rates

8. Falling In Love Again With Your Spouse: Dr. Alicia M. Walker On 5 Things You Need To Rekindle Love In A Marriage That Has Gone Cold

An Interview With Brett Lovett

9. State Minimum Wage Increases Delay Marriage and Reduce Divorce Among Low-Wage Households

10. Marriage could lead to a longer life according to the stats

Tommy Lumby, Ashley Summerfield


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1805473 2022-03-10T23:52:21Z 2022-03-10T23:52:22Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Why the act of marriage makes a difference

Harry Benson

2. Fatherhood initiative to boost mentorship programs heads to Gov. DeSantis’ desk

3. Can you study your way to a healthy marriage?

Lois M. Collins

4. Within-Couple Associations Between Communication and Relationship Satisfaction Over Time

Matthew D. Johnson, Justin A. Lavner, Marcus Mund, .

5. Date Nights & Annoying Quirks

Johanna Hicks, Texas AgriLife Extension Family & Community Health Agent

6. Minority military families face challenges; Blue Star recommends action steps

By Paul Lara

7. Nearly 4,000 couples have been married during Russian invasion, Ukraine government says

8. Developing Strategies to Address Implementation Challenges Facing Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Grantees

9. New grant funds outreach in three areas of marriage ministry

by Joe Bollig

10. War, Crisis, Tragedy: How to talk with kids when the news is scary

Anya Kamenetz and Cory Turner

11. Call for Proposals: 2022 FLE Summit

Evolving Best Practices in Family Life Education

12. How toddler-mother attachment impacts adolescent brain and behavior

Marianne Stein


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1802366 2022-03-03T19:40:42Z 2022-03-03T19:40:43Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five
1. Lessons Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic for Supporting Fathers’ Relationships in Fatherhood Programs


Introducing the National African American Child and Family Research Center


Text Message Reminders and Their Impact on Attendance at Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Workshops

2. Largely unseen and unsupported, huge numbers of student fathers are quitting college


3.  The Puzzle of Falling US Birth Rates since the Great Recession ■ 

4. Siblings of Children With Disabilities May Have Greater Cognitive Empathy

Society for Research in Child Development

5. Households With Children That Struggled to Cover Household Expenses Were at Least Twice as Likely to Rely on CTC


6. Study reveals positive benefits of marriage for men

Jennifer Lee

7. On Paid Leave, Listening to Parents | Opinions

 by Jeff Salle

8. Can a video game be as good for my marriage as family therapy? Not this one

Dominik Diamond

9. Why C.S. Lewis Married the Same Woman Twice

10.  11 couples inducted in Wisconsin Marriage Hall of Fame


Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1799189 2022-02-24T05:53:07Z 2022-02-24T05:53:07Z Candidates for IFS Friday Five




Explore an Evidence and Gaps Map on the Effectiveness of Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education Programs for Youth

This brief from the Fatherhood, Relationships, and Marriage – Illuminating the Next Generation of Research (FRAMING Research) project summarizes the impact literature on healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs for youth. The brief describes HMRE programs for youth, highlights what is known about the effectiveness of these programs from studies of HMRE programs for youth that measured program effects relative to a comparison group, and shares implications for future research on HMRE programs for youth. It uses an interactive evidence and gaps map to depict what each study found for each outcome, which allows the reader to quickly infer what is and is not known about the evidence for a given outcome.

Read the Brief >


4. China population: marriages fall in latest blow to Beijing’s push for couples to have more children

Luna Sun

5. Earmarked paternity leave increases parental wellbeing

Pontus Korsgren, Max Van Lent

6. Check out this marriage advice from 1933

Coronado, CA (we'll be biking to Point Loma on Thursday)

Bill Coffin
tag:billcoffin.org,2013:Post/1798946 2022-02-23T18:46:12Z 2022-02-23T18:46:12Z Skill-based programs for Catholic Marriage Initiatives
1. PREP, eprep, and CPREP/A Lasting Promise (ALP)

https://prepinc.com/collections/christian-material (ALP program and/or ALP Book Study)

2. Relationship Enhancement (RE) Mastering the Mysteries of Love (MML)/ Becoming Love

and/or online program at https://www.coupletalk.com/ (see Christian version)

3. Adventures in Marriage (AIM) and SAIM

Bill Coffin