Give Your Feedback on National Study of Same-Gender Couples

Claire Kamp Dush

All attendees at the 2018 NCFR Annual Conference (Nov. 7-10 in San Diego) will have the opportunity to give input on a new population-representative study of U.S. families, with implications for Family Science, before the survey is released. All those interested should plan to attend the session on The National Couples' Health and Time Study, Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. in Royal Palm 4. 

Led by NCFR member Claire Kamp Dush, Ph.D., associate professor of human sciences at Ohio State University, it is the first U.S. population-representative study of cohabiting and married same-gender couples. Data will also be collected from couples of different genders, and an emphasis will be placed on recruiting racial and ethnic minorities in the sample.

The study will be conducted by researchers at Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University. The proposed research is innovative because it is the first contemporary, population-representative study of sexual and gender minority health that includes family functioning, emotion regulation, and dyadic data and an oversample of racial and ethnic minorities.

“Families headed by sexual and gender minorities are a growing part of our population and we know that their health lags behind other Americans,” explained Dr. Kamp Dush, "but we have very little data that could help explain why those disparities exist. This study will help answer those questions.”

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