Family Science in the News: Divorce on Social Media, Mismatches in the Marriage Market, and Family Breakfasts

In case you missed it, here's how research from NCFR journals and NCFR members have been in the news over the past few weeks:

Wendy D. Manning, Ph.D., spoke with the Wall Street Journal on young adult relationships for a piece on divorce and social media. Dr. Manning is the co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Her work has focused on adolescent sexual decision-making as well as the patterning and quality of young adult relationships. Read article.

Jerica Berge, Ph.D., MPH, LMFT, CFLE, was quoted in a TIME magazine article on how family breakfasts are the new family dinner. Dr. Berge is the director of the Healthy Eating and Activity Across the Lifespan Center at the University of Minnesota. Her NIH research agenda focuses on conducting both childhood obesity prevention and treatment studies within primary care settings with the ultimate goal of decreasing childhood obesity disparities in low-income and minority households. She has done several studies specifically on breakfast and has found that the health benefits of family meals are not dependent on the time of day. Read article.

Finally, "Mismatches in the Marriage Market," a new early-view article for Journal of Marriage and Family (JMF), has attracted considerable media attention for its finding of "large deficits in the supply of potential male spouses." Media outlets including the New York Post, The Guardian, Yahoo, and MSN have been fascinated by the theory that recent marriage declines can be explained by a shortage of economically-attractive men for unmarried women to marry. JMF subscribers can access the full article text here.