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

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  1. The Atlantic explored marriage and happiness in a September news piece, with comments from member Stephanie Coontz, M.A., and NCFR Fellow Andrew J. Cherlin, Ph.D., as well as references to two articles from NCFR's Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF): 1985's "Marital Status and Subjective Well-being: A Research Synthesis" and 1998's "Marital Status and Happiness: A 17-Nation Study." (Limited free articles per reader are available from The Atlantic.)
  2. EconoTimes published a piece by family scholars about their new JMF article, "COVID-19 and the Role of Gender, Earnings, and Telecommuting in Parents' Employment," which found that "being the primary earner ... prior to the start of the pandemic did not protect mothers from employment exits during the pandemic."
  3. Forbes mentioned open-access JMF research from 2019 — "Becoming a Female-Breadwinner Household in Australia: Changes in Relationship Satisfaction" — in its September news piece: "Taylor Swift And Travis Kelce: What Happens When A Woman Earns More Than Her Partner?" The JMF article found that "[b]oth men and women became less satisfied when they transitioned to dual-earner households where women out-earned their partners."
  4. Business Insider published a piece titled, "How long couples in lasting relationships should wait to start having sex, according to science," which includes a link to the 2012 JMF article, "The Tempo of Sexual Activity and Later Relationship Quality."
  5. UGA Today at the University of Georgia interviewed member Ted Futris, Ph.D., about a new scholarly article he co-authored, "Parental and contextual influences on religious transmission in adolescence," published in the journal Applied Developmental Science. Dr. Futris commented that the research has helped to show that "building spirituality in youth is a community process. It’s both parents and the faith-based community working together to help foster that religiosity and spirituality among our young people.”