Inclusive Same-Sex Marriage Research: Expanding Our Theoretical Horizons

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February 25, 2016
$25 for NCFR student members / $45 for NCFR members / $85 for nonmembers

Nikki DiGregorio and Amanda Rich

Recent legal shifts across the United States have prompted many researchers to re-evaluate their approaches to studying same-sex-headed families. Despite research supporting more inclusive, familial perspectives, most policies and laws impacting families in the United States are administered, developed, and analyzed using an individualistic framework (Bogenschneider, 2014). Moreover, the longstanding debate over same-sex marriage has left family researchers with the daunting task of applying hetero-normative frameworks, or frameworks created and primarily used to understand heterosexual people to varying family structures.

In this webinar, Nikki DiGregorio, Ph.D., and Amanda Rich, Ph.D., prompt you to think, reflect, and react to an interdisciplinary approach to same-sex headed family research. Drawing from principles within Family Science, psychology, and human services, they provide participants with a deeper understanding of the extent to which law and social norms inform one another; while imploring researchers, scholars, and students to rethink the way we conceptualize family research.

This webinar is intended for graduate students, new professionals, veteran professionals, and instructors. It is best suited for those with a foundation in Family Science.

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.


Participants will:

  • develop an understanding of the interplay between the social and legal aspects of marriage;
  • compare contemporary and historical conceptions of the institution of marriage;
  • integrate interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives and apply this unique lens to data focusing on same-sex parent experiences; and
  • learn how to consume and conduct research pertaining to sexual minorities and relationships from a more inclusive framework.

Approved for 1 CFLE contact hour of continuing education credit.

About the Presenters

Nikki DiGregorio, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of child and family development at Georgia Southern University. Dr. DiGregorio teaches an array of undergraduate courses, including Sexuality, Diversity, Public Policies, and Program Evaluation. Ongoing research interests include issues surrounding sexual minorities and social policies, gender expression, and student perception of social justice.

Amanda Rich, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and program coordinator of human services at York College of Pennsylvania. Dr. Rich teaches Introduction to Human Services, Theory and Policy in Human Services, Grant Writing, The Design and Evaluation of Social Programs, and Human Service Techniques. Her research interests are in social justice, public policy, advocacy, disability rights, family supports, and leadership development in human services.

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