Family Science 5: Research & Researchers in the Media in October 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 October 2023.

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  1. AARP mentioned 2022 research on parent–adult child estrangement from NCFR's Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF) and also interviewed member Joshua Coleman, Ph.D., for October piece, "What to Do When Your Adult Kids Ignore You." The open-access JMF article "Parent–Adult Child Estrangement in the United States by Gender, Race/Ethnicity, and Sexuality," found that 26% of respondents reported estrangement from fathers, while 6% of respondents reported estrangement from mothers.
  2. highlighted 2017 JMF research in a piece about leisure time for mothers, in the context of media and public relations coverage of the divorce of celebrities Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas. noted that the JMF article, "Who Experiences Leisure Deficits? Mothers' Marital Status and Leisure Time" — whose authors include current JMF Editor Liana C. Sayer, Ph.D. — found that mothers have less and lower-quality leisure than fathers, and that "mothers with less and lower quality leisure have increased risks of social isolation, negative mental and physical health disorders, and reduced accumulation of social capital."
  3. The Bangor Daily News of Maine interviewed member Sandra L. Caron, Ph.D., CFLE, for an article about public attitudes toward sexuality (subscription required after free-access time period has passed). Dr. Caron reflected on society's gradual relaxing of views on sexuality: "More than half of women own a vibrator, and 30 percent of those women use it with a partner. At this point, it's pretty mainstream. ... People view these sorts of things as part of wellness. Sexual wellness is a big part of overall wellness." Dr. Caron also commented: "Sex isn't dirty or shameful. I think we, as a society, are starting to come around to that. ... More education and more awareness about these sorts of things is always a good thing, instead of hiding it away or making it seem like it's taboo."
  4. The Conversation published a piece coauthored by member Mary Nelson Robertson, Ph.D., "America's farmers are getting older, and young people aren't rushing to join them," that was picked up by Yahoo, Fortune, and Salon. Among several points, the piece notes: "Young people born into family farms may have fewer opportunities to take them over due to consolidation in agriculture. And those who do have the chance may not seize it, since they often report that rural life is more challenging than living in a city or suburb."
  5. Members' research and expertise were also highlighted in several university news sources:
    1. Ohio State News highlighted recent open-access research from NCFR's Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Science (FR), by Joyce Y. Lee, Ph.D., et. al., "Shared Parental Responsiveness Among Fathers and Mothers With Low Income and Early Child Outcomes.
    2. Pamela B. Payne, Ph.D., CFLE, authored a post for the University of Nevada, Reno's blog, NSights: "Shedding Light on Domestic Violence: A Crucial Conversation for the University of Nevada, Reno Community."
    3. Maryland Today at the University of Maryland interviewed member Amy A. Morgan, Ph.D., LMFT, about the course she teaches on coping with stress, anxiety, and depression, for its article "Offering a Light to a Friend in the Dark."
    4. BYU News at Brigham Young University published "BYU Study Examines How Religious Faith Bolsters Family Hope and Unity," about the recent FR scholarly article " 'We Have Hope': An Exploration of Hope in Highly Religious Families." The authors of the FR article include NCFR members Heather H. Kelley, Ph.D., and David C. Dollahite, Ph.D. Dr. Dollahite was interviewed for the BYU piece.