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November 2016
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Divorce Rate Drops, Marriage Rate Increases

Marriage and divorce rates have followed different patterns over the past forty-five years. In 1970, there were nearly 77 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women aged 15 and older. By 2010, this rate more than halved, and newly released data from the American Community Survey reveal that in 2015 there were just 32 marriages per 1,000 unmarried women. Although the marriage rate has plummeted since 1970, the divorce rate has remained stable. In 2015, the divorce rate was at its lowest point since 1979 at just under 17 divorces per 1,000 married women over the age of 15.

For more information about marriage and divorce rates, check out two recently published Family Profiles.
  • Divorce Rate in the U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2015 (FP-16-21)
  • Marriage Rate in the U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2015 (FP-16-22)
Source: 1970-2000 National Center for Health Statistics; 2008-2015, U.S. Census Bureau,
American Community Survey, 1-yr est.

New at the NCFMR

Original reports summarizing and analyzing nationally representative data with the goal of providing the latest analysis of U.S. families. 
  • Divorce Rate in the U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2015
  • Marriage Rate in the U.S.: Geographic Variation, 2015
Original Data
Original data collections sponsored and coordinated by the NCFMR and available for public use. Additionally, these original data contribute to innovative research and aid in the development of questionnaires for other data collection efforts.

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Briefs and Reports


December 2016

Call for Papers - Special Issue: J ournal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work
Intergenerational Relationships and Well-Being of East Asian Older Adults in
Migrant Families

Date Due: December 1
Special Issue Call for Papers -- Journal of Family Theory & Review
Family Theory: Past, Present, Future
Date Due: December 1
Call for Papers -- IPAC 2017 6th International Conference
The Future of Monogamy and Nonmonogamy
Abstract Registration Due: December 1
Submission Due: January 1, 2017
Conference Dates: February 10 - 12, 2017
Link to Wiki Call for Papers

Call for Applications -- Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
2017 Frances Degen Horowitz Millennium Scholars Program
Date Due: December 7
Link to SRCD

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Webinar
Challenging Issues in Parenting Coordination
Date: December 14
Link to AFCC

Call for Applications -- The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD)
SRCD Fellowship Class, 2017-2018
Date Due: December 15
Link to SRCD

Call for Proposals -- Southeastern Council on Family Relations 2017 Conference
Research in the Wild: Application of Family and Social Science Research
Date Due: December 15
Conference Dates: March 16 - 18, 2017
Link to SECFR

Call for Proposals -- Population Research and Policy Review (PRPR)
Special Issue 2018
Date Due: December 16
Link to Population Association

Call for Papers -- Childlessness (Routledge, 2018)
The Joys of Otherhood? Feminist perspectives on voluntary and involuntary childlessness
Date Due: December 18 (All day)
Link to

Call for Manuscripts -- Journal of Social Sciences (JSS)
Special Issue on Unemployment and Employment
Date Due: December 29
Call for Manuscripts -- Social Sciences Special Issue
Methodological Advances in the Study of Health and Health Care of LGBT Populations
Date Due: December 31
Link to MDPI

Call for Applications -- Society for Applied Anthropology
Research Award for Students in Applied Social, Behavioral Sciences
Date Due: December 31
January 2017

2017 Population and Public Policy Conference -- Hobby School of Public Affairs 
Dates: January 6 - 8 
Call for Proposals -- Russell Sage Foundation (RSF)
Special Initiative on Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge (BioSS)
Date Due: January 9
Link to RSF

Eleventh Annual Learning and Teaching Conference -- The University of Sheffield
Engaging Students in a Research-Intensive Environment
Date: January 10
Link to The University of Sheffield

Call for Papers -- American Sociological Association (ASA) 2017 Annual Meeting
Culture Inequalities and Social Inclusion across the Globe
Date Due: January 11
Link to Constant Contact PDF
Link to ASA

Call for Papers -- The Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) Journal of the Social Sciences
Criminal Justice Contact and Inequality
Date Due: January 15
Conference Date: September 22
Link to RSF

Call for Papers -- Journal of Family Theory & Review
Revisioning Family Theories: Centering Race & Ethnicity
Date Due: January 15 
Link to NCFR

Call for Proposals -- 2017 Family Science Association Conference
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Family Science
Date Due: January 15
Conference Dates: June 12 - 13
Link to Family Science Association

Call for Applications -- Population Reference Bureau (PRB)
2017-2018 U.S. Policy Communication Training Program
Date Due: January 27
Link to PRB

Call for Papers -- Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research
Dating, Mating, and Coupling
Date Due: January 31
Link to NCFR 

February 2017

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Webinar
What Family Law Professionals Need to Know About Self-Represented Litigants
Date: February 8
Link to AFCC

Travel Award Applications -- Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA)
Emerging Adults as Change-Makers Around the World
Date Due: February 15
Conference Dates: November 2 - 4
Link to SSEA

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