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Gender, Family, and Social Change

gfsc-icon-100Broad changes in recent decades, including economic restructuring and the stagnation of male wages, the gender revolution and the entry of women into labor force, and the aging of most populations, have transformed family life in ways that are still not well understood. MPRC researchers are leaders in the study of how these larger changes affect families and individuals in both the U.S. and in other countries. Many aspects of family life (how they form, their size, composition and stability, and inequalities in family experiences) have direct impact on larger demographic processes underlying the composition, geographic distribution, and growth of the population. Thus the study of family life is of central concern to population research.

Areas of focus include :

  • Transition to adulthood and family formation
  • Parenting over the life course
  • Intersection between gender, work, and family

Examples of current projects in these areas can be found below.


IPUMS - Time Use website launched

IPUMS - Time Use website launched

Hofferth and colleagues help make time use data readily accessible

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Measuring Kinship Support for Children of Single Mothers

Measuring Kinship Support for Children of Single Mothers

Sangeetha Madhavan investigates the effects of social and economic change on children's lives in Nairobi

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Families and Inequality

Families and Inequality

Faculty Associate Philip Cohen brings sociology research to the public eye by tackling thorny issues about race, gender, family, and inequality in an online public forum.

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Time Use Data Access System

Time Use Data Access System

Sandra Hofferth continues Time Use project to extend data "backwards through time and geographically across countries"

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Multidimensional Pathways to Healthy Aging among Filipino Women

Multidimensional Pathways to Healthy Aging among Filipino Women

Feinian Chen is working with the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, on an interdisciplinary study for the National Institute on Aging on health and functional outcomes in women's "transitional years" of middle and later adulthood

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Change in Elderly Living Arrangements in Rural South Africa, 2000-2010

Change in Elderly Living Arrangements in Rural South Africa, 2000-2010

Sangeetha Madhavan project, an R03 funded by NICHD, examines the impact of HIV on the probability that an elderly person will face a transition in living arrangements

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Institutional Change and the Consequences of Military Service

Institutional Change and the Consequences of Military Service

In a Collaborative Research project funded by the National Science Foundation, Meredith Kleykamp looks at outcomes in marriage, education, employment and earnings among veterans and non-veterans over the last 40 years.

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Social Observatory Coordinating Network

Social Observatory Coordinating Network

Faculty Associates Sandra Hofferth and Klaus Hubacek are participating in an NSF-funded interdisciplinary effort to explore the feasibility and potential structure of a network of social observatories akin to networks in the physical sciences

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How Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend with Children Matter?

How Does the Amount of Time Mothers Spend with Children Matter?

Dr. Milkie's research helps to reshape cultural frames regarding maternal time and children's well being

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Teens, Technology, and Dating Violence

Teens, Technology, and Dating Violence

Donna Howard and colleagues are studying the impact of electronic communication technologies on dating violence

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Exploring the culture of despair

Exploring the culture of despair

Faculty Associate Melissa Kearney and Philip B. Levine find that inequality trumps location in predicting early childbearing out of wedlock

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Macroeconomic Conditions and Marital Dissolution

Macroeconomic Conditions and Marital Dissolution

Faculty Associate Melissa Kearney explores marriage markets through an R03 with North Carolina State University

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Grandparents caring for grandchildren in China

Grandparents caring for grandchildren in China

Faculty Associate Feinian Chen is wrapping up a five-year K01 project studying the role of grandparenting in China

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