National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR)

The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) was established in 2007 to help improve our understanding of how family structure is linked to the health and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities and to inform policy development and programmatic responses. 

This project is codirected by Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown with assistance from Bowling Green State University. Support was also provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation from 2007 to 2013.

News and Stories

Fertility research by Guzzo and Schweizer in NYT

The New York Times looked at the increasing challenges in 2020 that have left uncertainty in those pondering parenthood, citing research by Professor Karen Benjamin Guzzo and Valerie Schweizer (former graduate research assistant, MA '20).

People look at all these things going wrong and just feel very uncertain, said Karen Benjamin Guzzo, a sociologist studying fertility at Bowling Green State University. It’s just this perfect storm of a little too much right now, so lots of people think it’s not the right time to have a baby.

Read NYT article

Examine the Family Profile Number of Children to Women Aged 40-44, 1980-2018 (FP-20-04)

Historical trends in marriage, divorce, and widowhood
BGSU sociologist helps state health agencies crunch the numbers
Associate Professor and Interim Director of the CFDR Dr. Kelly Stamper Balistreri
Dr. Kelly Stamper Balistreri, associate professor and interim director of the Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR), helps Ohio health agencies make informed decisions about health care programs for Ohioans.

Read more in the Toledo Blade

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Contact

Dr. Susan L. Brown, Co-Director
Dr. Wendy D. Manning, Co-Director
Bowling Green State University
005 Williams Hall
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Phone: 419-372-3119
Fax: 419-372-3179
Email: ncfmr@bgsu.edu

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Disclaimer: This project is supported with assistance from Bowling Green State University. From 2007 to 2013, support was also provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any agency of the state or federal government.