What is Family Science?
Family Science is a discipline of study in which "the primary goals are the discovery, verification and application of knowledge about the family."* Although Family Science treats contributions from related academic disciplines as vital background information, it has also developed its own unique assumptions, paradigms, methodologies, and world view.**
In the simplest terms, Family Science is the scientific study of families and close interpersonal relationships.
While the discipline of Family Science is at NCFR's core, NCFR truly is an interdisciplinary organization. Our members represent a variety of academic disciplines and professional positions, including Family Science, human development, marriage and family therapy, sociology, psychology, anthropology, social work, theology, child development, health, and more. Areas of study and practice include research, college teaching and pedagogy, program development, Family Life Education, counseling, and human services.
Our members' interests — as diverse as their careers and backgrounds — are focused on topics and efforts that yield a common benefit: to better understand, strengthen, and empower families.
*NCFR Task Force on the Development of a Family Discipline, Family Science Review, Vol 1, November 1987, p. 49
**Burr, Day, and Bahr 1993