NCFMR in the News

NCFMR research topics are wide-ranging and diverse. To further our reach, NCFMR Co-Directors, NCFMR/BGSU Research Affiliates, students, and staff participate in conferences, workshops, and seminars across the country, sharing policy-relevant research on American families with practitioners, fellow researchers, and policy makers.  Disseminated as working papers, publications, data resources, and presentations, our research often garners national attention.


NBC News addresses diversity in nation's households with Susan Brown
Photo of Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN, (r) hugs his husband Chasten Glezman.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, IN, (r) hugs his husband Chasten Glezman.
Does teen parenthood lead to social and economic disadvantage?
BGSU Associate Professor and CFDR Associate Director Karen Guzzo speaks with The Atlantic about the multigenerational effects of teen parenthood.

The Consequences of Teen Motherhood Can Last for Generations
The Atlantic

Link to The Atlantic article about teen pregnancy w/citation from Karen Benjamin Guzzo
Photo courtesy of The Atlantic

Is the growing number of cohabiting couples behind “post-breakup concierge service?”  

Article examines premise of the newly launched “post-breakup concierge service” that handles packing, housing, and self-care needs.

Cohabitation doubled in the last decade. The NCFMR estimates that 66% of couples lived together before getting married, and little more than 50% of first cohabiting couples ever get married. Many Americans live with several different partners before taking the plunge.

This post-breakup concierge service handles all your moving-out needs–and more
Fast Company

Marriage as seen through younger eyes

Image of man and woman on mountaintop
Jeff & Beka Stoll recently moved to CA from Southern Indiana. Photo via "News and Tribune"

News and Tribune examines changing status of marriage in America, pointing to research groups such as the NCFMR for data releases on the changes in the institution of marriage over the last 50 years.

7% of U.S. Marriages will pass 50-year mark
Image of young couple unpacking boxes in sparse living space
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Millennial couples buying homes before they get married are making a risky move that shows how different they really are from their parents
More millennials are cohabitating before marriage — a sixfold increase from their parents' generation...millennials are also waiting longer to get married.  
Getting Married Before Moving In Together? This Is What Could Happen, According To An Expert
The number of women between the ages of 19 and 44 who cohabited with a partner before their first marriage surged by 82% between 1987 and 2010. As for the consequences, the statistics reveal a mixed bag.
Link to Elite Daily article getting-married-before-moving-in-together-this-is-would-could-happen-according-to-expert-15913471
Trends in Cohabitation: Over Twenty Years of Change, 1987 - 2010; National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) data
ABC News discusses low fertility rates with Karen Guzzo
Guzzo said she isn't surprised by this report's numbers, which reflect an overall trend over the past several years. "This is basically a continuation of what we saw last year, and really, the last couple of years," Guzzo said. "What's more surprising is that over the longer term, we kind of expected that after the Great Recession has supposedly disappeared and we are doing much better, fertility rates would start to pick up, and they haven't." She said that the fact that fertility rates haven't recovered offers some insight into how people feel about their current economic situations.

Fertility rate hits 30-year low as Americans aren't having enough babies to replace themselves, new study shows
ABC News

Parents again: the growing number of Americans raising their grandkids
Are older adults experiencing an unprecedented role reversal? The Guardian reports on issues that have driven an increase in grandparent-led families, using data from the NCFMR.

The Guardian

 Photo of Reba Senior brushing the hair of her granddaughter Lydia.
Reba Senior brushes the hair of her granddaughter Lydia at their home in Oregon. Reba adopted her son’s daughters in 2015 after they were put in foster care. Photograph: Leah Nash for the Guardian