News & Events 2016

Our Outstanding Faculty and Students are Often Making News
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.
Researchers chart diverse range of marital biographies

I-Fen Lin, Susan L. Brown, and Anna M. Hammersmith's research published in Research on Aging.

"Marital Biography, Social Security Receipt, and Poverty"
Research on Aging

Partnership pathways among people aged 63 and older in 2010 (unweighted N = 9,649)
Today's older adults increasingly unmarried

Matthew R. Wright, PhD candidate, and Professor/Chair of Sociology Susan L. Brown's research published in Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF).

"Psychological Well-being Among Older Adults: The Role of Partnership Status"  

IPV research published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

"IPV perpetration experiences were reported by approximately 11–22% of respondents across the five waves of data..."

Angela M. Kaufman-Parks, PhD candidate, and Drs. Alfred DeMaris, Peggy C. Giordano, Wendy D. Manning, & Monica Longmore's article, "Parents and partners: Moderating and mediating influences on intimate partner violence across adolescence and young adulthood," was recently published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.


Karen Guzzo MPF research cited in The Washington Post

Multi-partner fertility research by Karen Guzzo first appearing in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science as "New Partners, More Kids: Multiple-Partner Fertility in the United States," was cited in The Washington Post.

Trump is respected for fathering children by multiple women. That’s because he’s a rich, white man.
The Washington Post

Gray divorce team's research in NYT

Research from professors Susan L. Brown and I-Fen Lin & BGSU Graduate College students Anna M. Hammersmith and Matthew R. Wright, is cited in The New York Times article "The Gray Gender Gap: Older Women Are Likelier to Go It Alone." The study is published in The Journals of Gerontology article "Later Life Marital Dissolution and Repartnership Status: A National Portrait."

The Gray Gender Gap: Older Women Are Likelier to Go It Alone
The New York Times

Susan Brown on 'the gray divorce revolution'
Gray divorce chart
Professor and Chair Susan Brown and Professor I-Fen Lin study 'gray divorce.'
"...So we're seeing two different patterns for younger and older people these days in terms of divorce. For younger people, their risk of divorces has actually dropped over the past 20 years. Whereas for older adults, we've seen a doubling of the divorce rate, and we call this the 'gray divorce revolution.'"
--Susan L. Brown on NPR's Here and Now
Congratulations, TARS Team!

Peggy Giordano led another successful grant! The TARS team (Peggy Giordano (PI), Monica Longmore, and Wendy Manning) received a new grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), "Pathways Linking Parental Incarceration and Child Well-being." This is a major three-year grant starting in January for data collection and analysis, providing support for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Earlier this year, Peggy, Monica, and Wendy were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Peggy Giordano, distinguished professor emeritus
Swisher and Dennison study educational mobility and crime

Professor Raymond Swisher and PhD candidate Christopher Dennison use data from a national longitudinal study to analyze the association between intergenerational educational mobility and crime.

Having more education than your parents makes it less likely that you will commit a crime as an adult

Educational Mobility and Change in Crime Between Adolescence and Early Adulthood (WP-2015-12)

Karen Guzzo faces challenges in recent study

Karen Guzzo, professor of sociology, and Cassandra Dorius, Iowa State University, faced many "Challenges in Measuring and Studying Multipartnered Fertility in American Survey Data." Read the full article...

Population Research and Policy Review

Challenges in Measuring and Studying Multipartnered Fertility in American Survey Data (WP-2014-13)

No Groom, No Gloom
Older never-married women just as happy as marrieds.

Gary R. Lee, professor emeritus of sociology, and co-author Krista K. Payne, NCFMR data analyst, find...

"Married people are happier than others, but there are plenty of exceptions to that..." the older, never-married women.

No Groom, No Gloom: Never-Married Women Just as Happy
Live Science

Wendy Manning elected next PAA President


Congratulations to Distinguished Professor of Sociology Wendy Manning who was elected to serve as President of the Population Association of America (PAA). Her term as President Elect begins on January 1, 2017, and she will be President in 2018. Manning's key duties include organizing the 2018 annual meeting and delivering the 2018 Presidential Address.

Keeping teen moms from 'turnaround' pregnancies
"It’s not that teens really want to become parents at an early age so much as they lack the ability, and sometimes even reasons, to actively plan for the future."

--Karen Guzzo, professor of sociology  

Blame the Baby Boomers...
“I don’t think boomers are any less happy in their marriages,” says Brown. “As people live longer, there’s more motivation to get divorced, because there's a lot of life left to be lived.”
Supportive attitudes toward cohabitation by age group and year
Check out the "Editor's Choice" article by Dr. Susan Brown and Matthew Wright published in The Gerontological Society of America

"Older Adults' Attitudes Toward Cohabitation:
Two Decades of Change"
The Gerontological Society of America


Drs. Sarah R. Hayford (OSU) and Karen Guzzo (BGSU) published in PDR

"Fifty Years of Unintended Births:
Education Gradients in Unintended Fertility
in the U.S., 1960-2013"
Population and Development Review (PDR)

The researchers explore potential explanations for why birth intendedness varies by education and document the evolution of education gradients in unwanted, mistimed, and unintended fertility over the second half of the twentieth century in the United States.
Percentage of births unintended, by time period and education level, US women, 1960–64 to 2010–13
Brown finds, for Millennials, there's no place quite like home


The Courier

The BG News

"Living with parents longer is “redefining and illustrating this lengthening of emerging adulthood,” said Susan Brown..."
Hammersmith, Lin research on caregivers published in The Journals of Gerontology
Lin, Brown, Hammersmith gray divorce research data cited
How the 'Divorce Mortgage' Could Help Older Homeowners


next avenue

Brown has found gray-divorce women are at financial disadvantage

“The financial implications are potentially troubling,” Brown says. “The evidence we have says gray-divorce women are at a particular disadvantage."

Think Divorce Is Miserable?
Look how bad life can
get when divorcees
try to retire.
Especially when they’re women.

Manning serving as chair on NAS committee
Wendy Manning currently serves as chair on The National Academies of Sciences, Committee on National Statistics meeting on “Improving Collection of Indicators of Criminal Justice System Involvement in Population Health Data Programs.”

Committee on National Statistics

Distinguished Professor of Sociology Wendy Manning discusses changes in American family relationships
Congratulations to Dr. Karen Guzzo! 

Associate Professor Karen Guzzo has been elected as a member-at-large on the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Board of Directors.  

NCFR Press Release

Dr. Karen Guzzo
Time magazine cites Brown & Lin gray divorce research

Don’t Let Divorce Derail Your Retirement
A late-in-life split can shred your retirement plans

"The Gray Divorce Revolution:
Rising Divorce among Middle-age and Older Adults"

Manning to deliver keynote address

Dr. Wendy Manning will deliver a keynote address titled "Same-Sex Couples and Family Well-Being" to the Council on Contemporary Families 18th Annual Conference at the University of Texas at Austin on March 4.

The wait of our unions

"Marriage is much less likely to happen and it's taking longer to get there," said Dr. Karen Guzzo...




One in three single Baby Boomers has never been married, according to Brown and Lin research

Boomers are more likely to be single, divorced, or widowed.


Of all current U.S. marriages, only 7% have reached the 50-year mark
Demuth appointed to PJI Board of Directors

Professor Steve Demuth was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) in Washington, DC. Listen to what he and other experts have to say about BAIL in America: The Color of Pretrial Detention.

Mothers' stress may affect their children
Mothers' stress, especially when mothers are stressed because of the juggling with work and trying to find time with kids, that may actually be affecting their kids poorly, finds study coauthor and Bowling Green State University sociologist Kei Nomaguchi.

Business Insider

BG researchers find those who divorce later in life may not be able to fully recover from a gray divorce


Marital Biography, Social Security, and Poverty
Working Paper (WP-15-01)
I-Fen Lin, Susan L. Brown, & Anna M. Hammersmith

BGSU researchers find gray divorce often caused by partners simply growing apart 
Lin, Brown, and Hammersmith find divorce among baby boomers may have negative implications for retirement security

Independent Financial Adviser

Investment News

“Social Security was designed during an era when most elders were married, a scenario that is less common today and is likely to be even less typical in the future...”
WSJ features cohabitation and marriage research by Manning

The Wall Street Journal

"Cohabitation and Child Wellbeing"
from The Future of Children

"...stable, cohabiting families with two biological parents seem to offer many of the same health, cognitive, and behavioral benefits that stable married biological parent families offer."