CCF’s annual “Unconventional Wisdom” is a collection of member submissions and recent briefing papers prepared for the Council on Contemporary Families’ 12th Anniversary Conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, April 17-19, 2009.
The Council on Contemporary Families was formed to increase communication among family researchers and practitioners from many different fields, and to help the press and public get access to accurate information and best-practice findings about how today’s families work. Our 12th anniversary conference detailed the latest research and clinical findings about the ways that boys, girls, men, and women have become more similar in recent years–and why they continue to be different. We examined sexuality, work and family, our conceptions of masculinity and femininity, and how recent changes in these domains are represented in the media. To get the conversation going, we asked conference participants to send in their most important–and sometimes surprising–research findings, practical experience, and clinical observations. We encourage members and the press to explore these topics at greater length.
Although Unconventional Wisdom does not include the publications of all those represented here, this document provides the contact information for members for readers to contact them directly.