|PRESS ADVISORY: CCF Conference on "Families as They Really Are: How Do We Use What We Know?"|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- January 30, 2010
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CHICAGO--How are families really doing? At CCF, family researchers deliver great stories about women and the economy, about men and housework, about the recession and families, and about how sex has changed for all of us, to mention a few topics we've addressed in recent years.
But, how do we make use of all this knowledge? The CCF 2010 conference "Families as They Really Are: How Do We Use What We Know," links research to our every day practical and policy questions during a two-day conference at Augustana College, in Rock Island, Illinois, April 16 and 17.
The conference also includes a book party to celebrate the release of the Norton anthology, Families as They Really Are, which includes key articles from CCF senior scholars and which was edited by CCF Executive Officer and University of Illinois-Chicago sociology professor Barbara Risman. All conference participants will receive a copy of this new book.
You can read the program in detail on our website. The conference opens on Friday morning, April 16, with family historian Stephanie Coontz's keynote address: "For Better AND Worse: The Trade-offs and Paradoxes of Family Change." She will be followed by a day and half of panels, including:
Panel presentation descriptions are included at the end of this advisory.
What you won't find at our conference: Boring paper reading
Each year, the CCF conference creates an environment of dialogue and participation. Presenters limit their prepared remarks to ten minutes; this means that presenters and conference participants convene for focused, lively deliberation on provocative questions. Informal meeting times extend the discussion and give reporters ample opportunity to find new contacts and new stories to enhance another year of stories.
Media Awards and Other Networking Opportunities
Other features of the program include the CCF media awards: award recipients from national media will speak about their experiences covering family issues. Click here for our media awards nominations announcement and a list of last year's winners.
About the Council on Contemporary Families
The Council on Contemporary Families is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families. Our members include demographers, economists, family therapists, historians, political scientists, psychologists, social workers, sociologists, as well as other family social scientists and practitioners. Founded in 1996 and based at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Council's mission is to enhance the national understanding of how and why contemporary families are changing, what needs and challenges they face, and how these needs can best be met. See our website at www.contemporaryfamilies.org.
Conference Press Registration
Conference registration is free to credentialed journalists. To register as press for the CCF conference or to receive periodic fact sheets and briefing papers on new family research please contact Stephanie Coontz, Director of Research and Public Information at the Council, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Family scholars and other members of the public can register here.
The Details: Presenter abstracts and bios
Etiony Aldarondo: Real and Imaginary Borders: Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in the US
Ashton Applewhite: The Value of Work in Late Life
Linda Burton: Weathering Generations: Family Co-morbidity in the Life Course Opportunities of America's Poor
Deborah Carr: Preparing For (or Avoiding?) the Inevitable: Families and End of Life Decisions
Andrew Christensen: Infidelity Doesn't Have to Mean the End
Joshua Coleman: Staying Together for the Sake of the Kids? Arguments on Both Sides
Stephanie Coontz: For Better AND Worse: The Trade-offs and Paradoxes of Family Change
Phil and Carolyn Cowan: A Couple Relationship Approach to Effective Parenting: What We Know from Studies of Fathers and Mothers
Philip A. Cowan is Professor of Psychology, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley where he has served as Director of both the Clinical Psychology Program and the Institute of Human Development. In addition to authoring numerous scientific articles, he is the author of Piaget with Feeling (Holt, Rinehart, & Winston, 1978), co-author of When partners become parents: The big life change for couples (Erlbaum, 2000), and co-editor of four books and monographs, including Family Transitions (Erlbaum, 1991), and The family context of parenting in the child's adaptation to school (Erlbaum, 2005).
Carolyn and Phil Cowan were among the founding members of the Council on Contemporary Families, and in 1999, they received the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research award from the American Family Therapy Academy. Contact: email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Emery: Mediation: Benefits and Strategies
Brief description: Emery will discuss how the emotions of former partners who are also parents can collide in divorce - with children in a car without seat belts. Safety tip number one is for parents to recognize both their anger and the hurt, pain, fear, longing, guilt, and grief behind their anger. Safety tip number two is using alternative dispute resolution such as divorce mediation to put a break on parents' understandable emotions and truly put children first in working out a parenting plan. Emery's 12 year follow-up study of families randomly assigned to mediate or litigate custody disputes proves that taking the right turn at the time of divorce produces many benefits for children and parents in the years to come.
Robert Emery, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on family relationships and children's mental health, including parental conflict, divorce, child custody, family violence, and associated legal and policy issues. He has authored over 120 scientific publications, and several books including Marriage, Divorce, and Children's Adjustment; Renegotiating Family Relationships: Divorce, Child Custody, and Mediation; and his guide for parents, The Truth about Children and Divorce: Dealing with the Emotions So You and Your Children Can Thrive. Dr. Emery has appeared on the Today Show, The Jane Pauley Show, National Public Radio, in Newsweek magazine, and in many other print and electronic media. In addition to his research, teaching, and administrative responsibilities, Dr. Emery maintains a limited practice as a clinical psychologist and divorce mediator. He is the father of five children. Contact: email@example.com
Amy Holtzworth-Munroe: Child-Informed Mediation
Brief description: Divorce mediation is assumed to lead to more positive outcomes for children than traditional adversarial litigation approaches to divorce, but little empirical data on the effectiveness of mediation exist. In an ongoing pilot study at Indiana University, law and psychology professors are working together to conduct an intervention evaluation study comparing Divorce Mediation As Usual (no child consultant) to two new forms of mediation-Child Focused (a child consultant provides a couple with psychoeducational information regarding the impact of divorce on children) and Child Inclusive (a child consultant interviews the couple's children and uses that assessment information in mediation). While data collection is not complete, the project has provided interesting lessons regarding how the legal system and social scientists can collaborate within the area of family law to develop empirically supported interventions.
Amy Holtzworth-Munroe received her Ph.D., in clinical psychology, from the University of Washington, in 1988. She then joined the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University - Bloomington, where she is a Professor. She has been conducting research on the problem of relationship aggression since the mid-1980s, including examining the social skills deficits of violent husbands and research on the identification and comparison of subtypes of male batterers. She has led batterer treatment groups and worked with a local domestic violence taskforce to set up a new batterers= treatment program and evaluate treatment effectiveness. More recently, she has begun research, with colleagues at the Indiana University Law School, to study divorce mediation and to examine intimate partner violence in mediation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Hawkins: Reducing Divorce Before Marriage Begins or Ends: Two Ends of the Spectrum
Brief description: This presentation argues that, from a public policy perspective, there are two key time points to reduce the incidence of divorce. The first time point is before marriage, during the engagement. I will highlight the results of a current meta-analytic study on the effectiveness of premarital education programs. The second time point is before the marriage ends, at the crossroads of the divorce decision. I will highlight research suggesting that some divorcing couples and their children would probably be better off if they repaired their relationship-and could reasonably do so-and describe modest policy efforts in Utah to reach couples who have filed for divorce with information to help them consider whether reconciliation might be in their family's best interests.
Alan J. Hawkins is a professor of Family Life at Brigham University in Provo, Utah. He earned a Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in 1990. Professor Hawkins' current scholarship and outreach has focused on educational and policy interventions to help couples form and sustain healthy marriages and prevent divorce. He has published widely on this topic. In 2003-2004, he was a visiting scholar with the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, working on ACF's federal healthy marriage initiative. He was the Research Director of the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center from 2004-2006. He serves as Chair of the Utah Healthy Marriage Initiative. He is a member of the Texas Healthy Marriage Initiative Research Advisory Group and the National Advisory Committee for the National Center for Marriage and Family Research at Bowling Green State University and the National Center for African American Marriages and Families at Hampton University. Contact: email@example.com
Waldo Johnson: Father Involvement: What We Know From Studies of Fathers
Brief description: This presentation provides an overview of empirical research studies on father involvement across fathers' developmental statuses, family structures, socioeconomic statuses and racial and ethnic groups. Father involvement among low-income, unwed fathers is highlighted. The implications for family formation, functioning, development, policy and intervention practice is examined.
Waldo E. Johnson, Jr. is associate professor at the School of Social Service Administration, faculty affiliate and immediate past director, Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, has conducted research and published widely on father involvement among unwed, low-income urban fathers; the physical and mental health statuses of African American males and the use of qualitative research methods in guiding social welfare policy. He is a member of the leadership team for the South Side Health and Vitality Study; Building Healthy Communities: A Focus on Young Men and Boys of Color Research Collaborative, and the Disenfranchised Men Forum. He consulted in the development of the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago (UWMC) African American Male Initiative, a four year place-based youth development program aimed at enhancing the academic, social, and civic well-being of African American males ages 10-16 in five Chicago neighborhoods and is currently consulting with the Chicago Community Trust's African American Male Initiative. He collaborated with David Pate to develop a social work curriculum designed to guide practitioners and educators teaching culturally-based approaches to healthy masculinity for African American males for the Masculinity Project. He is a member of the editorial board of Children and Youth Services Review; the National Steering Committee of the 2025 Campaign for Black Men and Boys and chairs the Fatherhood Subcommittee of the 2025 Roundtable; and the Ford Foundation Scholars Network on Masculinity and Wellbeing of African American Men. He has been consultant to the Supporting Healthy Marriage Project, a national evaluation of healthy marriage programs for low-income couples; an investigator for the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, a longitudinal survey of the circumstances of unmarried parenthood among African Americans, Hispanics and Whites in 20 U.S. cities and a co-principal investigator for Time, Love, Cash, Care and Children (TLC3), a qualitative component of the Fragile Families Study. He served as national Co-Chair of the Council on Contemporary Families (2006-2009) and the International Education Conference Planning Committee of the National Association of Black Social Workers. His forthcoming book, Social Work with African American Males: Health, Mental Health and Social Policy, will be published by Oxford University Press in late 2009. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher Martell: Breaking New Ground Beginning and End: Break-ups in Same-Sex Relationships in a Changing Environment
Brief description: Same-sex couples have only recently been allowed to marry or have legalized unions in a minority of States in the U.S. Just as the formation of same-sex unions required that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals developed structures in their relationships when there were no guidelines or legal protections, the same environment exists when they decide to end a relationship. This presentation will address how same-sex break-ups are similar to break-ups of opposite-sex couples and will particularly address differences based on sub-cultural norms. The impact of forming and ending relationships without role-models or legal guidelines will be discussed. Contact: email@example.com
Christopher R. Martell, Ph.D. is in private practice in Seattle and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington. He is board certified in both clinical psychology and cognitive & behavioral psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. The co-author of four books, he has published widely on behavioral treatments for depression, couples therapy, and issues affecting gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals. He is first author of Depression in Context: Strategies for Guided Action with Michael Addis & Neil Jacobson; Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients, with Steven Safren & Stacey Prince; and Behavioral Activation for Depression: A Clinician's Guide with Sona Dimidjian and Ruth Herman-Dunn; and has co-authored two other books. He was the recipient of the Washington State Psychological Association's Distinguished Psychologist Award in 2004. He is a past President of APA Division 44 (Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues). Dr. Martell received his Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1988.
Adina Nack: Having Better Sex in a World with STIs
Brief description: Today, with millions contracting sexually transmitted infections (STIs) every year, it is vital that we understand the myths and truths about sexual health. Dr. Adina Nack draws on her in-depth interview studies to clarify how we can manage risks in order to prioritize health within our sexual relationships. As the author of Damaged Goods?, the first book to address the social, psychological and medical challenges for women living with genital herpes and HPV infections, Dr. Nack applies feminist theories, social psychology, and sociological perspectives on deviance to answer an increasingly difficult question: how can we have better and healthier sex lives today?
An associate professor of sociology, Dr. Adina Nack has directed California Lutheran University's Center for Equality and Justice and their Gender and Women's Studies Program. Nack is a medical sociologist whose research has focused on sexual and reproductive health. As the author of Damaged Goods? Women Living with Incurable Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Temple University Press 2008), she has as won local teaching awards, national research awards, and been recognized with community service awards for HIV/AIDS and sexual health advocacy.
Adam Pertman: Revealing the Realities of Adoption
Brief Description: Adoption has become a routine, widely accepted means of forming families in the United States; indeed, the Institute estimates that 100 million Americans have adoption in their immediate families. Myths and stereotypes continue to "inform" policy, practice and media portrayals of adoption, however, to the detriment of all of those involved. A realistic understanding of adopted children, adults and their (birth and adoptive) families - from a research, knowledge base - reveals varying developmental patterns, challenges and other realities that are normative, but also are often very different from those in families formed the old fashioned way.
Pepper Schwartz: Sexuality in Mid-life and Beyond
Brief description. The American Association of Retired Persons has done the latest and almost the only national sample on the sexuality of people over 50. This is the third iteration of the national study done at four year intervals. The paper will be on the findings of the 2009 study and some comparisons with the earlier AARP data. Some overall assessments of the state of older American's sexual practices and beliefs will conclude the presentation. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pepper Schwartz is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle. She holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. As a leading relationship expert, Dr. Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D, has created the Personality Profiler, similar to the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, exclusively for the committed adults seeking long-term relationships on Perfectmatch.com. As the most effective and sophisticated leading-edge romantic matching tool on or off the internet, the Personality Profiler significantly helps Perfectmatch's members to identify their significant other's Similarity Factors and Complimentary Factors, which will ultimately lead them to finding their "perfect match." Dr. Schwartz has received many awards, including the 2005 American Sociological Award for the Public Dissemination of Information, the Matrix Award for Achievement in Education and the International Women's Forum Award in Career Achievement in Washington State. She is the author of 14 books, including many popular books such as: The Great Sex Weekend, The Lifetime Love and Sex Quiz Book, Everything You Know About Love and Sex is Wrong and Ten Talks Parents Must Have With Their Children About Sex and Character with Dominic Cappello, 201 Question to Ask Your Kids / 201 Questions to Ask Your Parents (Avon/Morrow).
Carol Shapiro: Breaking Cycles of Justice System Involvement: The Role of Family Engagement
Brief description: For the past 15 years, Family Justice has developed, tested, and integrated family-focused tools and methods into juvenile and criminal justice practices to reduce reliance on incarceration while improving family well-being. Tapping the natural strengths of family and their social networks is a cost effective and long-term solution to complex social problems plaguing our nations poorest and most at risk for justice system involvement. Poor families are too often overlooked and demonized; ironically, staff working in the justice field treated similarly. Our strength based tools and mapping techniques provide a respectful means to engage families while validating the work of governmental and nonprofit staff.
For more than 30 years, Carol Shapiro has been an innovator in the field of criminal justice. She has devised and collaborated on numerous initiatives to more effectively address crime prevention, addiction, prerelease, reentry, and related issues. Much of her work has centered on improving public safety and family well-being by integrating a strength-based, family-focused approach in fields such as law enforcement, addiction, mental health, domestic violence, and housing. In her role as founder and president of Family Justice, Carol serves as an adviser to many governmental and citizen-sector initiatives. She also provides technical assistance and consulting services to federal, state, and local governments, not-for-profit organizations, and the media about policy, planning, and implementation of social justice reform initiatives. Among her many awards and honors for social entrepreneurship, Carol is an Ashoka fellow and ambassador. Contact: cshapiro@FAMILYJUSTICEINC.ORG
Kristen Springer: Who Makes the Money in Marriage? Consequences for Men's Health
Brief description: The current recession is taking a toll on men's employment, often forcing their wives to go back to work or increase their hours at work. Given the pervasiveness of the "male as breadwinner" norm, how are men affected when their wives earn more than they do? I will present new research findings showing the ways that husbands' and wives' contributions to the family's household income affect men's health and well-being. I focus on cohorts of older men, who presumably subscribe most strongly to the male as breadwinner ideal.
Kristen Springer is currently an assistant professor of Sociology at Rutgers University and a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar at Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin. Her research centers on health and aging in the context of gender relations and families. She is currently has three broad research projects: 1) the gendered health effect of marital income across the life course, 2) the influence of masculinity ideals on men's healthcare seeking behaviors, and 3) the interactive influence of biology and social environment for understanding gendered health. She has research published or forthcoming in multiple peer-reviewed journals including American Journal of Sociology, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Journal of Family Issues, Journal of Marriage & Family, and Social Science & Medicine. Dr. Springer's research has also been featured in national and international news sources including ABC News, LA Times, The New York Times, US News & World Report, and USA Today. Contact: email@example.com
Howard Steele: What We Know About the Ingredients of Secure Attachments Between Parents and Children
Carolyn Tubbs: Shared Parenting: When There's a History of Domestic Violence
Dr. Tubbs is on the faculty with the Programs in Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University. She earned a doctorate in Child Development and Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. She was a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow with the Family Research Consortium III and a Research Scientist at Penn State University on the Welfare, Children and Families: A Three City-Study. Dr. Tubbs has also been involved with the National Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community. Contact: Cyt24@drexel.edu.
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