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Panel Session : Comparative Perspectives on Family Complexity

Sangeetha Madhavan, Assistant Professor, Department of African American Studies; Natasha Cabrera, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development; Kevin M. Roy, Associate Professor, Department of Family Science
When Apr 22, 2013
from 01:00 PM to 02:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

Families across the world are becoming increasingly complex as a result of marital dissolution, single parenting, multi-partner fertility, changing gender norms, and ongoing financial insecurity. The three panelists in this session will be drawing on their respective research – South Africa (Madhavan); Latino families in the US (Cabrera); and Black fathers in the US (Roy) – to discuss similarities and differences in the ways in which families constitute themselves, dynamism of parent-child relationships, and the organization of child rearing and socialization strategies. Attention will be paid to conceptual and methodological opportunities and limitations for studying family complexity, the role of social policy and future research areas.

About the Speakers

Sangeetha Madhavan

Sangeetha Madhavan is Associate Professor, African-American Studies Department and Associate Director, MPRC. Her research focuses on family dynamics and children’s well-being in sub-Saharan Africa.  Recent publications appear in Demography, Journal of Family Issues and Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality.

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Natasha Cabrera

Natasha Cabrera is Associate Professor, Department of Human Development. Her research is focused on the influences that fathers and mothers make on their children’s developmental trajectories, particularly in low income populations. She is co-editor with Catherine Tamis-LeMonda of the Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives (2002). She also coauthored (with C. Tamis-LeMonda, M. Lamb, and R. Bradley) a review of the fatherhood literature in a 2000 Special Issue of Child Development.

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Kevin Roy

Kevin Roy is Associate Professor, Department of Family Science. His research focuses on the life course of men on the margins of families and the work force. His research has been published in American Journal of Community Psychology, Research on Human Development, Journal of Family Issues and Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice.

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About the Moderator

Fran Goldscheider

Frances Goldscheider’s research focuses primarily on changes in living arrangements in the US and other developed countries. Some of her numerous publications appear in Demography, Journal of Marriage and the Family and Journal of Family Issues.

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