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The BGSU Department of Sociology's research, disseminated as working papers, publications, and presentations, often garners media attention. Additionally, faculty, students, and staff participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars across the country, sharing policy-relevant research on American families with practitioners, fellow researchers, and policymakers.

Andrea Krieg (pictured with her mother), 2014 recipient of the Charles E. Shanklin Award for Research Excellence and BGSU doctoral candidate, delivers keynote speech for Shanklin Awards ceremony

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Nomaguchi research finds mothers' stress may be affecting their kids poorly

Making Time for kids? Study says quality trumps quantity
Washington Post

BGSU landmark study finds divorce rate for people 50+ doubled from 1990 to 2010

Midlife Marriage: Love it, Leave it or Reinvent it

Sanchez elected to NCFR Fellows Committee

Congratulations to Laura Sanchez on her recent election to the NCFR Fellows Committee. Sanchez's term will span 2015-2018.


Manning speaks with NPR LA affiliate 89.3 KPCC about record high number of unmarried, cohabiting parents in the U.S.

Federal data shows number of
unmarried parents at all time high 89.3 KPCC


ASA Files Amicus Brief With Supreme Court in Support of Marriage Equality

Manning led the ASA's examination of the social science research.


Research Advances in Intimate Partner Violence

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:30 am - 2:45 pm

Pre-registration is required.  Please contact the CFDR office (cfdr@bgsu.edu) to register.

  • "The Development and Course of Intimate Partner Violence from Late Adolescence to Early Adulthood"
  • Youth Intimate Partner Violence and Aggression: What Have We Learned from NORC’s Program of Prevention Experiments and National Surveys
    • Bruce G. Taylor, PhD
      Senior Fellow
      Public Health Department
      NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Mechanisms Underlying Cessation of IPV Perpetration: A Longitudinal Study of the Desistance Process
    • Peggy C. Giordano, PhD
      Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology
      Bowling Green State University
More Women Choosing Live-In Relationship Over Marriage

Manning and Stykes research finds almost 70% of women have lived with a cohabiting partner.

J. Bart Stykes
Loving in shades of grey: Navigating the casual relationship

Using research compiled from the Toledo Adolescent Relationship Study, BGSU PhD Heidi Lyons (Assistant Professor of Sociology at Oakland University) finds casual relationships are a "lack of commitment." Lyons is the author of Young Adult Casual Sexual Behavior: Life-Course-Specific Motivations and Consequences with colleagues Wendy Manning, Peggy Giordano, and Monica Longmore.                                                                                                                   USA Today

BGSU explores lives of teens

Manning joins research team of the Adolescent Academic Context Study to make collection of research data available to other BG faculty and students to analyze from varied perspectives.


Guzzo study already yielding information that will lead to greater understanding of the complex factors of unintended fertility

There’s a body of evidence showing that many race and ethnic minorities have an inaccurate understanding of the reproductive process, but in general there is widespread misinformation across all groups, including whites, Guzzo said.


Manning and colleagues' new research study provides rare look into the lives of adolescents throughout their high school years

Four-year study looks at family/school/life connections

Partners in the long-term study of Fremont youth (L to R) Jean Gerard, Wendy Manning, Margaret Booth, & Christopher Frey
Brown's research on poverty and divorce finds 14% of men who divorce after 62 live in poverty
It's scary, because the gray divorce demographic group is growing, Brown said.  

Chicago Tribune

Manning showcases research data and addresses concerns about the future of marriage and the family at Rotary Club of Toledo

There has been a sharp decline in the marriage rate.... Some people worry that Americans are rejecting marriage, they no longer want to marry, but when you survey young adults today, almost all of them expect to get married at some point, says Manning (pictured at right with Joe Sharp, Toledo Rotary).

The Future of Marriage and Family Presentation

Brown and Lin Gray Divorce research finds divorce rates have continued to climb over the years among Boomers in comparison to other cohorts
Susan L. Brown & I-Fen Lin

Cohabitation has nearly doubled over the past 25 years, study says

Using data from 2011 to 2013, BGSU researchers found nearly two-thirds of women ages 19-44 had cohabited at some point and some had experienced serial cohabitation, said Wendy D. Manning, Professor and co-director of BG's NCFMR who analyzed data with doctoral student Bart Stykes to look at race/ethnicity, education level and other distinctions.

Deseret News

An interview with Peggy Giordano

Dr. Peggy Giordano, BGSU Distinguished Professor Emeritus, discusses what characterizes teen dating violence and how it changes over time. Based on her longitudinal research following 1,200 youth from age 13 into young adulthood, Giordano discusses how conflict in key areas of a relationship — such as finances, peer-partner balance, and fidelity — can increase the risk of violence. Overlapping areas of conflict can often increase the risk, and resolving conflicts at these key vulnerability points may reduce the risk.

Watch Interview

What the Recession Did to American Fathers

The Atlantic

  • Named one of the very best published papers in Volume 29 of Demographic Research
    • Published in Demographic Research, Nonresident Fathers and Formal Child Support: Evidence from the CPS, NSFG, and SIPP, 29(46) 1299-1330, December 13, 2013, DOI.4054/DemRes.2013.29.46
Guzzo finds demographic shifts since the recession have changed the way young people look at marriage
Young people are delaying marriage, Guzzo says. There is now a prerequisite for marriage that you must be financially stable before you get married. Almost no one is financially stable in their 20s, so they feel they are not ready for marriage.


Manning, Booth, Gerard, and Frey receive Spencer Foundation grant

Congratulations to Wendy Manning and BGSU colleagues Peggy Booth, Jean Gerard, and Chris Frey on their grant award from the Spencer Foundation. The grant for their project, Enhancing Social Opportunity in Post-Recession Era Through Academic Climate for Adolescents and Young Adults, will provide resources for them to analyze original data and host a conference.