News & Events
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.
Gray Divorce may cause newly singles to manage with half the assets
the couple saved for retirement
Unfortunately, based on our recent analysis, it is challenging for women who divorce after age 50 to recover financially if they remain single, finds I-Fen Lin.
Kaufman addresses standing-room only crowd at Assumption College
BGSU PhD Angela Kaufman (Assistant Professor of Sociology, Criminology, & Anthropology at Assumption College) presented to a standing room only event held for Assumption College and Holy Cross College to address the recent events surrounding Ferguson, Staten Island, and Cleveland. Hosted by the African-American, Latin-American, Asian-American, and Native American student network, she participated in a three-person panel addressing police brutality and race in the criminal justice system. Kaufman will work with colleagues to prepare a cultural sensitivity and race awareness education program for faculty.
'Selfie' Generation Forces U.S. Companies to Change Tack
Cruz recipient of 2014 BGSU Distinguished Thesis Award
Congratulations to Julissa Cruz (Research Associate City Colleges of Chicago and former NCFMR Graduate Research Assistant). Cruz received the Distinguished Thesis Award for her MA thesis The Influence of Wealth on Repartnering.
The Mid-Life Divorce Boom: How to Avoid Financial Carnage
"The divorce rate among people 50 and older doubled between 1990-2010, at a time when the rate for the general population was pretty flat."
Benjamin Guzzo's study finds emerging research on multiple-partner fertility (MPF) is on the lives of mothers, rather than fathers
The vast majority of MPF women in their late 20s and early 30s live with all of their children, while the vast majority of MPF fathers do not live with all of their children, according to research conducted by Karen Benjamin Guzzo, associate professor of Sociology at Bowling Green State University.
Brown and Lin discover upward trend in gray divorce
The proportion of women 65 & older who were divorced tripled to
12% in 2008, according to Brown
The Gray Divorce Revolution
Fee speaks with NPR about the stigma toward formerly obese
Holly Fee, BGSU doctoral student (U.S. Census Bureau), discusses her 2012 published findings with NPR that appear in the journal Sociological Inquiry. Fee has conducted some of the only research on dating attitudes toward the formerly obese.
The biggest fear, Fee says, is they believed these formerly obese individuals would regain their weight.
Today, one out of every four people experiencing divorce is over age 50. Nearly one in ten is 65 or older. Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin's research raises critical questions about how gray divorce is reshaping the aging experience in the U.S.
Although for some older adults a gray divorce may be liberating, for others who are less advantaged it is a devastating experience with long-term negative consequences for their own lives and for society as a whole.
Rinelli McClain Top 3 Finalist for 2013 Best Research Article by a New Professional
Congratulations to BGSU PhD Lauren (Rinelli) McClain (Assistant
Professor of Sociology at Western Kentucky University and former NCFMR
Graduate Research Fellow) and Professor Al DeMaris. Their 2013
Fathering article, A better deal for cohabiting fathers?
Union status differences in father involvement, was selected as
a Top 3 finalist for the 2013 "Best Research Article by a New
Professional" award for research advancing scholarship on men by
the NCFR Men in Families Focus Group.
Graduate student Esther Lamidi completes fellowship with PRB
Congratulations to Esther Lamidi who recently participated in the Policy Communication Fellows summer workshop with the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, DC. The workshop provides a unique opportunity for researchers to focus on making their findings more accessible to policymakers.
In the latest NIJ Research for the Real World seminar on 9/29, Dr. Peggy Giordano identifies numerous factors in early relationships that increase the risk of teen dating violence.
Single adults now outnumber married adults
Just because people are not getting married doesn't mean they're not partnering and cohabiting, said Benjamin Guzzo.
Benjamin Guzzo receives grant award from NIH
Congratulations to Karen Benjamin Guzzo, BGSU associate professor of sociology, who received a grant award for her research project Distal Determinants of Disparities in Unintended Fertility. Benjamin Guzzo's grant includes funds to help train the next generation of BGSU undergraduate and graduate students.
BGSU Professor of Sociology Susan Brown notes Turney study raises a number of important issues when we think about how children are faring and what the collateral consequences are of mass incarceration.
Manning addresses factors contributing to delay in marriage
One reason is the economic requirements for marriage are high and couples are waiting until they have their economic lives in order before they move into marriage.
Baby Boomers lead cohabiting trend
Brown, Roebuck Bulanda, and Lee research finds Cohabitation is gaining ground as a family form across the life course.
Alvira-Hammond Report Appears in Child Trends
Congratulations to doctoral student Marta Alvira-Hammond whose
the Risks to Children Crossing the Border was recently
published in Child Trends. Alivra-Hammond's work stems from her
position as a Summer Research Fellow for the National Research Center
on Hispanic Children and Families.
and Lin receive NIH grant
Congratulations to Drs. Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin who received an R15 grant from the National Institute on Aging to support their three-year project on Health and Well-being Effects on Later-life Divorce and Subsequent Repartnering.
Protective factor of high education is not as great in late-life divorces
Williams makes extraordinary contributions to Department of Sociology
One advantage of the program here is the faculty are definitely available to students, Williams said. (Pictured: Dr. Susan L. Brown and Seth Williams)
As you have probably heard, gray divorce is a thing
BGSU Sociology Professor Susan L. Brown speaks with The New York Times about The Gray Divorce Revolution and retirement plans
...you have to be careful to get the best settlement you can. Having a really good attorney and fighting for your fair share is one solution.
BGSU Sociology Professor Kei Nomaguchi finds growing number of dads want to be more physically & emotionally involved in their children's lives
- Paternal Parenting: Mentoring counters media messages on fathering
Stykes, Manning, Brown published paper receives Editor's Choice designation by Demographic Research
Doctoral student Bart Stykes and Professors Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown's paper, Nonresident Fathers and Formal Child Support: Evidence from the CPS, NSFG, and SIPP, has been selected as "one of the very best" published papers in Volume 29 of Demographic Research.
Alvira-Hammond Receives 2014 Adamchak Award
Congratulations to BGSU doctoral student Marta Alvira-Hammond who has earned the 2014 Adamchak Award. Alvira-Hammond was recognized for her outstanding research paper, Fertility Differentials Across Race-Ethnicity and Generational Status: Incorporating Non-Hispanic Immigrants. Established by Donald and Susan Adamchak (both BGSU graduate degree recipients in sociology), this award recognizes a graduate student's research excellence in demography.
BGSU sociologists Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin find divorce rate is on the rise among adults 50 and older
Population Association of America 2014 Annual Meeting
Courtney Knoop (pictured at right with Dr. Ray Swisher) and Ryan Flynn, working with BGSU Sociology Professors Ray Swisher, Danielle Kuhl, and Jorge Chavez on an NIH grant funded project, presented their research at the annual undergraduate symposium. The posters address Neighborhood Change and Violence in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood using Add Health Data to support their research.
Joyner, Manning, and Bogle Earn Top Honors at PAA 2014 Annual Meeting in Boston
Congratulations to BGSU Associate Professor, NCFMR Research Affiliate, & CFDR Associate Director Kara Joyner, BGSU Distinguished Professor, NCFMR Co-director, & CFDR Director Wendy D. Manning, and BGSU PhD candidate Ryan Bogle who earned first place for their poster presentation Social Context and the Stability of Same-Sex and Different-Sex Relationships.
Professor Kara Joyner
Brown and Lin find divorce rate for Boomers more than doubled between 1990 and 2010.
"This is not what we anticipated at all, said sociologist Susan L. Brown..."
DeMuth & Nomaguchi Receive 2014 Faculty Excellence Awards
Two sociology faculty members were recognized at the 2014 Faculty Excellence Awards Ceremony and Reception. Professor Kei Nomaguchi (l) received the Outstanding Young Scholar Award, and Professor Steve Demuth received the Faculty Distinguished Service Award. Congratulations to both of our outstanding faculty members.
Brown Speaks with The New York Times
Susan L. Brown finds for young people, living together tends to be a transitory arrangement, while for older adults, cohabiting is a long-term alternative to marriage.
Manning leads ASA's same-sex research
Lee Speaks on the Limits of Marriage in his Arts and Sciences
Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Dr. Gary Lee discusses "The Limits of Marriage: Why Getting Everyone Married Won't Solve All Our Problems." Additionally, Lee is working on a book about the causes of the declining marriage rate in the US.
Same-Sex Couples: Frontiers in Measurement and Analysis
Why Knot? Where are all those blushing brides?
Balancing Act: Attachment theory connects just as well for married couple
Which couples who 'shack up' will end up divorced? New study pinpoints risk factors
Unmarried Baby Boomers Face Disadvantages as They Grow Older
CPAC 2014, Wisconsin Women Of Style, Gray Divorce
Wisconsin Public Radio
Attachment theory connects just as well for married couple
ASA brief supports efforts to overturn gay-marriage bans
NJ Has Lowest Divorce Rate in the Country (WP-13-03)
Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend
Sociologist Susan L. Brown, co-author of the study "Gray Divorce," attributes economic independence of women as one reason for the gray divorce trend. "Back in 1990, fewer than 1 in 10 persons who got divorced was over the age of 50," says Brown. But today, "1 in 4 people getting divorced is 50 or older."
Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Take Bad-for-Children Argument to Court
“Are we going to hold same-sex parents to a different standard than heterosexuals?” Manning asks.
Marriage still the American dream, though a diminishing reality
"We have to keep in mind the importance of a multi-pronged
approach," Susan Brown said. “Getting a poor mother to
marry a poor man who also has few economic resources is probably not
Why marriage won't cut your medical bills
“Marriage comes with a script and cohabitation doesn’t,” said
Susan L. Brown, co-director of the NCFMR at BGSU in the WSJ.
The unique challenges associated with gray divorce
Brown and Lin report finds 1 in every 4 marriages involving at least
1 spouse over age 50 ended in divorce in 2010.
If $800 Million Can't Even Save Marriage, Maybe We Should Stop Trying
New NCFMR research finds the millions spent on programs aimed at
marriage and boosting marriage rates have had little discernnible
impact on marriage or divorce rates.
Why is the federal government in the business of marriage "boosterism?"
Listen LIVE to Wendy D. Manning, BGSU professor of sociology and co-director of the NCFMR, co-author of the study that looks at the effectiveness of the Healthy Marriage Initiative.
Hundreds Of Millions Spent Promoting Marriage Hasn't Helped At All: Study
Federal Funds to Foster Healthy Marriage Have Little Effect, Study Finds
Gary Lee, Guest Editor of a Special Issue on Widowhood and Bereavement
Why Love Can't Keep Us Together
"We were just floored. We thought older people don't get divorced," says Susan Brown, co-director of the National Center for Marriage & Family Research at Bowling Green State University and co-author of the 2013 study, "The Gray Divorce Revolution.”
Cultural Changes Spur Rise in Divorce Rate Among Women
NCFMR report finds approximately 15% of women in the U.S. are
divorced or separated.
Forum Seeks to Lift Blacks' Education Right From Start
Dr. Susan L. Brown serves as panelist at the Changing Minds,
Changing Lives forum on Race and Education -- view action shots of
Dr. Brown in the photo gallery!
Living Alone on the Rise, BGSU Study Finds
"Living solo is often ignored as an option in our studies of
family life," said sociologist Dr. Wendy Manning.
How Marriage Can Save Your Life
The Happy State of America's Unions
Nowadays, it's 'Last Comes Marriage'