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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.


More Women Opting to Give Birth Outside of a Hospital

More Women Opting to Give Birth Outside of a Hospital

Data shows rate of births at home and in birth centers reaches highest level in 30 years; demand may actually be greater

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SPH Study Explores Maternal Experience of IPV in Young Children in Tanzania

SPH Study Explores Maternal Experience of IPV in Young Children in Tanzania

Natalie Slopen and colleagues published a new study exploring the health implications of intimate partner violence on children

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Cabrera on Mothers’ and Fathers’ Playfulness

Cabrera on Mothers’ and Fathers’ Playfulness

Playfulness is associated with children's emotion regulation and vocabulary skills

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Sayer, Pepin research challenges single-mother time poverty

Sayer, Pepin research challenges single-mother time poverty

Demography article reports finding that married mothers did more housework and slept less than never-married and divorced mothers, counter to expectations of the time poverty thesis

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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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