Family & Marriage Literature Reviews

The NCFMR coordinates research efforts designed to investigate the links between family and well-being at all stages of the life course (e.g., childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and older adulthood), rendering special attention to how the consequences of family behaviors persist across the various life stages. NCFMR's research program focuses on several broad research themes central to moving the field forward and improving policy effectiveness:
  1. What is the relationship between family structure and well-being for children and adults?
  2. How do family processes and resources mediate the relationship between family structure and well-being?
  3. What factors are associated with the formation and maintenance of high-quality relationships?
  4. How do adolescents make the transitions into healthy relationships in adulthood?
  5. What are the pathways of family formation outside of marriage? How do these families compare with married families?

The collection of bibliographies below complement NCFMR's research themes. Each bibliography contains journal articles and working papers by scholars studying U.S. families. The bibliographies examine...

1. The relationship between family structure and well-being for children and adults
2. The factors associated with the formation and maintenance of healthy marriage and relationships throughout the life course
3. The pathways of family formation outside of marriage
4. The roles of marriage education programs (including faith-based organizations) in promoting healthy marriages and the well-being of children and families
5. Journals reviewed for our collection of recent and archived family and marriage literature bibliographies

Updated June 2012