National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR)

The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR) was established in 2007 to 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. Wendy D. Manning and Susan L. Brown codirect the NCFMR at Bowling Green State University. 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.
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How rare is a 75-year marriage?
Velma Smith, 97, holds up lace from her wedding gown at her Unity home with husband Harry Smith, Jr., 98. They married on May 17, 1944, and are celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary.

Susan Brown discusses the longevity of marriage with TRIBLive.

“So many factors have to align — current age, age at marriage, having avoided divorce,” Brown said. “It’s an extremely rare, almost unheard of phenomenon.”
Guzzo addresses low birth rate with AP

According to AP News, America’s baby bust isn’t over. A new report shows the U.S. birth rates have reached record lows. This year marks the fourth year the number of births has fallen, the lowest since 1986.

"Young Americans still want to have children, but they don’t feel stable enough to have them yet."

--Karen Benjamin Guzzo

Newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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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.