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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.

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.

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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.