Strengthening the Connection Between Research About Families and Public Policy

Concurrent Sessions 10

This session will be live streamed

Karen Bogenschneider, Thomas Corbett, Emily Parrott, Patricia Strach, Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Elizabeth Day, Jacquelyn Thomas-Miller; Chair: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

4:30 PM
5:45 PM
Grand Ballroom B
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About the Session
  • 339-01 - Why Research Is Not Used More Frequently in Policymaking: Insights From Community Dissonance Theory
    By Karen Bogenschneider, Thomas Corbett, Emily Parrott
  • 339-02 - A Conceptual Approach to the Role of Family in Public Policymaking
    By Patricia Strach
  • 339-03 - The Role of Universities in Building Family-Focused, Research-based Policy
    By Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, Elizabeth Day, Karen Bogenschneider, Jacquelyn Thomas-Miller

    Chair: Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth

This session previews a special issue of the Journal of Family Theory and Review that will consider what it will take for family policy to achieve firmer footing as a field of inquiry, particularly in the current political climate. What unique, value-added contributions can family researchers make to (a) the design of family policies; (b) as a means to achieve non-family policy goals; and (c) as a perspective with the potential to rise above politics and achieve common ground? What is the responsibility of universities for providing leadership on communicating high-quality and nonpartisan information to policymakers and the public?


1) To describe what family policy is and review relevant research about it.
2) To consider different ways that universities can influence policy.
3) To review community dissonance theory and its relevance to family research and policy.


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