Family Demography and Intergenerational Research Program

Families, Health, and Productivity

Within the context of families, health, and productivity, the scope of Branch-supported projects include natural experiments, policy experiments, and population representative studies of the relations between family processes and structure and the health, development, and productivity of the family.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Division of labor in families and households
  • Work/family interactions
  • Parenting and parental involvement
  • Family investment in children
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Development of human capital
  • Population indicators, trends and differences in the health, well-being, and productivity of children

Family Demography, Nuptiality, and Intergenerational Processes

For the Branch, the scope of this type of research includes population-representative studies of determinants and consequences of change to family demography, nuptuality, and intergenerational processes.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Marriage, cohabitation, and divorce
  • Household formation and dissolution
  • Family structure and household composition
  • Population trends and differentials related to families and households
  • Factors affecting parental assignment of race to their children
  • Family and social context influences on child well-being, health, and development from birth through young adulthood
  • Intergenerational transfers and the health, productivity, and well-being of individuals

The following topics fall outside of the Branch’s research scope in the Program:

  • Studies of relationship education, relationship/marriage therapy, or interventions related to relationship quality, marriage, or divorce
  • Couples communication except as it is related to fertility, contraception, HIV/AIDS, and other sexually transmitted infections


This Program examines adoption as a population-level phenomenon health.

Specific areas of interest include:

  • Adoption, biological fertility, and infertility treatments as complements to or substitutes for each other
  • Social, economic, and policy processes related to adoption and kinship
  • Social, cultural, legal, psychological, and biological factors and processes that influence understandings of kinship, including meanings assigned to genetics and adoption

Data Collection

For this Program, data collection refers to collection and dissemination of population-representative data on children, parents, and families for secondary analysis.

Contact: Dr. Regina Bures

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