Family Science 5: Research & Researchers in the Media in August 2023

Welcome to the Family Science 5, helping you catch up on some of the Family Science research and researchers featured in the media during August 2023.

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  1. Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) spoke with NCFR Fellow William J. Doherty, Ph.D., along with Helen Fisher, Ph.D., about recent marriage trends, including delayed marriage, decline in divorce rates, and people's involvement in marriage and family therapy. The impetus for the MPR piece was a recent Pew Research Center study that found people in the United States are getting married later in life.
  2. CBS News Miami interviewed member Susan L. Brown, Ph.D., about her research on "gray divorce" for a story about the increase in number of older people in the U.S. living alone. More than a third of people who get divorced now are over the age of 50, Dr. Brown says in the article.
  3. Yahoo Canada interviewed member Denise L. Whitehead, Ph.D., J.D., for a Family Science perspective on relationships in families with separated parents, for an article based around Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Grégoire, planning to take a family vacation soon after announcing their separation.
  4. Forbes, in a piece about navigating emotional infidelity, linked to the scholarly article from NCFR's Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF), "Does Couples' Communication Predict Marital Satisfaction, or Does Marital Satisfaction Predict Communication?" which includes members Justin A. Lavner, Ph.D., and Benjamin R. Karney, Ph.D., as authors.
  5. BBC linked to several NCFR journal articles in its exploration of the "favorite child," and how parents' treatment of a hidden favorite can impact their children's mental health as adults and affect family relationships overall:
    1. JMF: "Mothers' Differentiation and Depressive Symptoms Among Adult Children," which includes member J. Jill Suitor, Ph.D., as an author
    2. JMF: "My Pride and Joy? Predicting Favoritism and Disfavoritism in Mother–Adult Child Relations," by member J. Jill Suitor, Ph.D., et. al.
    3. JMF: "Continuity and Change in Mothers' Favoritism Toward Offspring in Adulthood," by member J. Jill Suitor, Ph.D., et. al.
    4. JMF: "Linkages Between Parents’ Differential Treatment, Youth Depressive Symptoms, and Sibling Relationships," which includes member Ann C. Crouter, Ph.D., as an author
    5. Journal of Family Theory & Review (JFTR): "Sibling Relationships in Adulthood: Research Findings and New Frontiers"