Gender, Family, and Social Change
Broad 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.
New appointments, past and upcoming programs
Hofferth and colleagues help make time use data readily accessible
The World Family Map Project investigates what makes families strong
New model of integrated service delivery makes mental health services more accessible to teenaged parents
Sangeetha Madhavan investigates the effects of social and economic change on children's lives in Nairobi
New research hub aims to improve policies and programs that serve Hispanic children and families
Liana Sayer starts a new Time Use Lab at the University of Maryland
Demography article by Kahn, Goldscheider, and Garcia-Manglano examines changing family residence patterns
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.
Sandra Hofferth continues Time Use project to extend data "backwards through time and geographically across countries"
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
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
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.
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
Dr. Milkie's research helps to reshape cultural frames regarding maternal time and children's well being
Donna Howard and colleagues are studying the impact of electronic communication technologies on dating violence
Faculty Associate Kevin Roy co-authors book on public policy impacts on fatherhood
Faculty Associate Melissa Kearney and Philip B. Levine find that inequality trumps location in predicting early childbearing out of wedlock
Faculty Associate Melissa Kearney explores marriage markets through an R03 with North Carolina State University
Faculty Associate Feinian Chen is wrapping up a five-year K01 project studying the role of grandparenting in China