Working papers written by awardees and data resources written by NCFMR staff exploring innovative measures that will help to answer new research questions concerning how the family responds to financial strain.
How the Family Responds to Economic Pressure: A Comparative Study
Frank Furstenberg, Anne Gauthier, and Shelley Pacholok, Co-PIs University of Pennsylvania, Department of Sociology,
University of Calgary, Department of Sociology
University of British Columbia, Unit 6/Sociology
Americans remain ambivalent about a parent sharing a home with a child who is living with a boyfriend or girlfriend.
Only 17% of Americans say it is a good idea to share a household with a child and his/her cohabiting partner in times of economic need, compared with 31% if the child is married and 43% if the child is still single.
The obligation to share a home with an older mother in need is stronger than the obligation to share with adult children, especially children who have started their own families, perhaps because Americans believe that adult children should be transitioning to independence.
Thirty-three percent of Americans think it is a good idea for an older mother to move in with an adult child when the mother has economic problems, compared to 26% when it is the adult child who is having trouble and needs a place to live.
Judith Seltzer and Suzanne Bianchi, Co-PIs Department of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
Lau, Q. C., Seltzer, J. A., & Bianchi, S. M. (2015). "The Effects of Vignette Placement on Attitudes Toward Supporting Family Members." Field Methods. 28(1):79-91. https://doi.org/10.1177/1525822X15572801
Seltzer, J. A., Lau, C. Q., & Bianchi, S. M. "Doubling up when times are tough: A study of obligations to share a home in response to economic hardship." Social Science Research, 41(5):1307-1319. https://doi:org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.05.08