The Complexities of Interpreting Changing Household Patterns A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families Online Symposium on Housework, Gender, and Parenthood by Liana C. Sayer, University of Maryland May 7, 2015 Introduction. Despite substantial increases in married mothers’ employment and the expressed desire of the majority of women and men to share […]
First comes love, then comes…housework? A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families Online Symposium on Housework, Gender, and Parenthood by Arielle Kuperberg, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro. May 7, 2015 Does marriage lead women to take on a larger share of housework? In the 1950s and 1960s, […]Topics of Expertise: Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / Division of Labor in Families
For Immediate Release Contact: Virginia Rutter / Framingham State University Sociology firstname.lastname@example.org / 206 375 4139 CCF PRESS ADVISORY: Mother’s Day Social Science—Housework, Gender & Parenting May 7, Miami FL—For Mother’s Day this year, the Council on Contemporary Families convened an online symposium to examine the status of that age-old saying, “a woman’s work is […]
A Review of National Crime Victim Victimization Findings on Rape and Sexual Assault A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families Online Symposium on Intimate Partner Violence by CCF intern Jessica L. Wheeler. There are two major sources for national data on rape and sexual assault: the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ National Crime Victimization […]Topics of Expertise: Sexual Abuse & Misconduct
For Immediate Release Contact: Virginia Rutter / Framingham State University Sociology email@example.com / 206 375 4139 CCF PRESS ADVISORY: Sexual Assault Rates—On Campus and Off April 20, Miami FL–April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month: In a good news/bad news scenario, this year we have seen a marked increase in attention to rape and sexual assault, […]
Sexual Assault on Campus A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families Online Symposium on Intimate Partner Violence by Elizabeth Armstrong, Professor of Sociology and Organizational Studies, University of Michigan, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Jamie Budnick, Sociology Doctoral Candidate, University of Michigan, email@example.com. April 20, 2015 Recent scandals about sexual assaults on college campuses have provoked […]Topics of Expertise: Sexual Abuse & Misconduct
THE TRICKY BUSINESS OF SORTING OUT SEXUAL ASSAULT: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CCF SYMPOSIUM ON INTIMATE VIOLENCE by Stephanie Coontz , Director of Research and Public Education, Council on Contemporary Families, and Faculty Member in History, The Evergreen State College; firstname.lastname@example.org April 20, 2015 Violent crime has been falling Many people do not realize that violent […]Topics of Expertise: Couples Conflict, Separation & Divorce / Gender & Sexuality / Sexual Abuse & Misconduct
Interpersonal Violence and the Great Crime Drop A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families Online Symposium on Intimate Partner Violence by Samuel Walker, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Nebraska at Omaha, email@example.com, 402-554-3590 (o); 402-556-4674 (cell). April 20, 2015 Drowned out by the shocking stories in the popular media […]Topics of Expertise: Family Counseling, Therapy & Parenting Intervention
Women Not Enrolled in Four-Year Universities and Colleges Have Higher Risk of Sexual Assault A briefing paper prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families Online Symposium on Intimate Partner Violence by Jennifer Barber, Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan, firstname.lastname@example.org, 723/764-8633, and Yasamin Kusunoki, Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, and Jamie […]Topics of Expertise: Sexual Abuse & Misconduct
CCF PRESS ADVISORY: On 50th Anniversary of The Moynihan Report, Family Structure is *Still* Not the Problem. Economic and social changes since the 1965 dispute idea that family change has caused poverty and inequality or that getting people married would solve it.
October 12 marks the 4th anniversary the United States becoming a “no-fault nation.” On that date in 2010, New York, the last holdout, finally joined the 49 other states in eliminating the need for divorcing couples to state that the dissolution of their marriage was the “fault” of one or the other. Today, every state offers the possibility of a no-fault divorce.
Three years later, the co-chair of The Coalition for Divorce Reform claims that “no-fault divorce has been a disaster,” leading to record numbers of divorces and plummeting rates of marriage.
Figuring out divorce and marriage trends is further complicated by the recent foreclosure crisis and the ensuing deep recession. The Council on Contemporary Families asked five researchers to explore recent trends in divorce and marriage for the CCF Symposium on New Inequalities.
Contrary to popular opinion, growing instability in American families, reflected not just in divorce rates but falling rates of marriage and high rates of unwed motherhood, is not caused by people abandoning traditional concerns for children’s well-being. It is a class issue caused by the growing gap between the job options, resources, economic stability, and personal safety nets available to college-educated Americans and less-educated workers. The authors explain.Topics of Expertise: Couples Conflict, Separation & Divorce / Economic Inequality
In contrast to the seeming stabilization of divorce rates for the general population over the past two decades, the gray divorce rate has doubled: Married individuals aged 50 and older, including the college-educated, are twice as likely to experience a divorce today as they were in 1990. For married individuals aged 65 and older, the risk of divorce has more than doubled since 1990. Researchers explain why.Topics of Expertise: Aging / Couples Conflict, Separation & Divorce
It is quite likely that the economic crisis both caused some divorces and prevented some divorces. However, the balance of the evidence suggests it prevented more than it caused. I would not read this as good news for marriage and families, however, because there may be negative consequences for people who want to part but cannot divorce because of economic constraints. The enforced wait could simply prolong or exacerbate marital stress and family conflict, rather than saving or restoring a happy marriage.Topics of Expertise: Couples Conflict, Separation & Divorce
The Council on Contemporary Families releases The Gender Revolution Rebound Symposium as public support for working mothers and dual-earner families is on the rise; new research suggests that in marriages formed since the early 1990s, men and women are much more happy with non-traditional arrangements than in the past.Topics of Expertise: Gender & Sexuality