News and Notes

October 2011

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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...


The following updates may be viewed on the NCFMR website.



Dr. Susan BrownCo-Director Susan Brown Discusses Intimate Relationships of Aging Baby Boomers 

Partnering in Later Life: New Frontiers in Family Research 


Susan Brown, NCFMR Co-Director, addressed recent trends and patterns in intimate relationships as part of BGSU's College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. She also addressed partnership dynamics and their consequences for individual well-being. NCFMR faculty, students, and BGSU/NCFMR research affiliates attended Brown's lecture on the BGSU campus in October. 


Dr. Brown's research on the aging Baby Boomer population has recently been featured in The Fiscal Times, AARP, and FoxBusiness.


Dividing Line 


Just Released Data Resources


Family Profiles

Original reports summarizing the latest statistics on 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.  

If you have written a paper addressing a family issue that aligns with our mission statement and would like for us to consider adding it to the NCFMR Working Paper Series, we welcome submissions for consideration and possible inclusion. You may electronically submit your working papers to


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NCFMR in the News


NCFMR BGSU Research Affiliate Peggy Giordano Discusses Influence of Romantic Partner's Friends 



Susan Brown Comments on Factors Influencing Long-Term Marriages

Toledo Blade


NCFMR Finds Two-Fold Increase in Divorce Rate for Baby Boomers



Research Team of Larry Gibbs and Krista Payne Find Link Between Rate of First Divorce and Educational Attainment   


Larry Gibbs, graduate research assistant, and Krista Payne, social science data analyst, working on a collaborative research project, discovered a direct link between the rate of first divorce and a woman's educational attainment.  


Although the last four decades have seen an increase in the proportion of Americans who are currently divorced, the actual rate of divorce among currently married individuals has declined. Peaking in the late 1970s at about 23 divorces per 1,000 married (Stevenson & Wolfers, 2007), recent estimates by Gibbs and Payne indicate the first divorce rate was 17.5 per 1,000 women in first marriages ages 18 years and older in 2010.  


Additionally, there is substantial variation in the first divorce rates by educational attainment. More specifically, according to Payne, the association between educational attainment and divorce is curvilinear; those women on the two ends of the educational attainment spectrum have the lowest first divorce rates at 14.4 per 1,000 among those with less than a high school education and 14.2 per 1,000 among those with a college degree. The rate of first divorce is highest for those with only some college (23 per 1,000), adds Gibbs.


First Divorce Rates per 1,000 Women in First Marriages Aged 18 and Older by Educational Attainment, 2010


First Divorce Rate Graph  

Source: American Community Survey, 2010  

Susan Brown to Gather Scholars from NCFMR 2009 Marital and Family Instability Conference During National Council on Family Relations 73rd Annual Meeting  

Family Instability and Child Well-being


The session brings together participants from the NCFMR 2009 Family Instability conference at BGSU, eager to continue the dialogue in this NCFR symposium. Each paper presented by this team of scholars showcases different data to address how family instability is related to children's well-being in multiple contexts, including disadvantaged and international populations.


Presented by... 

Susan Brown

Patricia Pendry

F.M. Henderson

J. Angles

E. Conlin

Heather Bachman

Rebekah Levine Coley

Jennifer Carrano

Paula Fomby

Shannon Cavanagh

Lauren Rinelli McClain


Session: #137

Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Location: Salon 14

2010 Child Trends Report Finds One in Four U.S. Children Lived in Food-Insecure Household
Food insecurity reports and briefs available from four organizations

Upcoming Events



November 2011  

The Foundation for Child Development: Changing Faces of America's Children

Young Scholars Program (YSP) 

Date Due: November 2

Apply to YSP 


Call for Proposals -- The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) 

Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference

Date Due: November 7

Click to Submit an Individual Proposal 

Click to Submit a Full Conference Session 

Link to OPRE 


73rd NCFR Annual Conference

Families and the Shifting Economy

Date: November 16-19

Link to NCFR Website 



December 2011

Fellowships in Public Policy Available for 2012-2013 -- Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) 

Date Due: December 15

Link to SRCD 


Call for Submissions -- International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)

Date Due: December 15

Link to IARR 


Call for Abstracts -- Second International Sociological Association (ISA) Forum of Sociology

Children's Voices, Well-Being and Social Justice

Date Due: December 15

Link to ISA 


Call for Applications -- Population Association of America (PAA) Fellowship Opportunity

Science and Technology Fellowship Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

Date Due: December 15

Link to PAA 


Call for Abstracts -- Asian Population Association (APA) Conference

Date Due: December 15

Link to APA 


Call for Submissions -- NCFR Report

Military Families 

Date Due: December 21

Contact to obtain submission guidelines



January 2012

Call for Applications -- Bixby Fellowship Program  

Date Due: January 15

Link to Population Council 



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The National Center for Family & Marriage Research, established in 2007 by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, aims to improve our understanding of how family structure and marriage affect the health and well-being of families, adults, children, and communities and to inform policy development and programmatic responses.






This project was supported with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation grant 5 UOI AE00000I-05. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any agency of the Federal government.