Explaining Family Change and Variation: Challenges for Family Demographers.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Twenty years ago, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) issued a request for proposals that resulted in the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH), a unique survey valuable to a wide range of family scholars. This paper describes the efforts of an interdisciplinary group of family demographers to build on the progress enabled by the NSFH and many other theoretical and methodological innovations. Our work, also supported by NICHD, will develop plans for research and data collection to address the central question of what causes family change and variation. We outline the group's initial assessments of orienting frameworks, key aspects of family life to study, and theoretical and methodological challenges for research on family change. Finally, we invite family scholars to follow our progress and to help develop this shared public good.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Seltzer, JA; Bachrach, CA; Bianchi, SM; Bledsoe, CH; Casper, LM; Chase-Lansdale, PL; Diprete, TA; Hotz, VJ; Morgan, SP; Sanders, SG; Thomas, D

Published Date

  • November 2005

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 908 - 925

PubMed ID

  • 20376277

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2849145

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-3737

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-2445

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2005.00183.x


  • eng