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.
Dr. Karen Benjamin Guzzo, CFDR acting director & NCFMR affiliate, analyzed the education, relationship status and average age at fatherhood among men ages 40 to 44 using data from the National Survey of Family Growth to examin reasons men delay fatherhood.
““I think the student-loan debt crisis is one of the big ones affecting people’s ability to buy a home, form a relationship and start a family,” Dr. Guzzo said. “If you take out a loan for $10,000 or $20,000 or $100,000 or more, you’re paying this for a long time.”
Researchers Kasey Eickmeyer (PhD '2019), Paul Hemez (PhD Candidate), and Professors Wendy Manning, Susan Brown, and Karen Guzzo penned the first research brief for the Marriage Strengthening Research and Dissemination Center (MAST), which conducts research on marriage and romantic relationships in the U.S. and healthy marriage and relationship education (HMRE) programs designed to strengthen these relationships. The brief, "Trends in Relationship Formation and Stability in the United States: Dating, Cohabitation, Marriage, and Divorce," is part of a series examining the state of the field of research on romantic relationships.
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.