1938 Conference: The Contribution of the Family to the Cultural Wealth of the Nation

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The first annual conference was held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City on Saturday, September 17, 1938. The theme was “The Contribution of the Family to the Cultural Wealth of the Nation.” At the conference, the first Constitution was adopted, which stated that the purpose of NCFR “shall be to advance the cultural values that are now principally secured through family relations, for the advantage of the individual and the strength of the nation.”

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 From the very beginning, NCFR was an interdisciplinary and interprofessional organization composed of members from a variety of backgrounds and professional fields, including sociology, home economics, law, psychology, medicine, religion, education, social welfare, social policy, and demography. In addition, it was expected that the state and regional councils would carry on the work of the NCFR at the local levels between annual meetings. In the short year of 1938, over 200 members joined in a cohesive, closely knit group of professionals.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 At that first conference, 23 national committees, chaired by leaders in their fields, gave reports. Topics discussed at the first annual conference include the following:

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  • Marriage laws
  • The parole system
  • Working mothers
  • Housing problems
  • Unemployment
  • Divorce, separation, and alimony
  • Hospitalization
  • The number and quality of children born
  • Athletic and moral training
  • Organizations affecting the family
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Placing of orphans in private homes
  • Effects of divorce on children
  • Financial aid for motherhood
  • Biological basis of the family
  • Heredity in relation to the family
  • Predictable factors in the success or failure of marriage
  • Plans for successful marriage
  • Housing plans
  • Social Security
  • Avoidance of divorce
  • Gap between school and established occupations
  • Preparation for marriage in college
  • Preparation for marriage in high school

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 It is interesting to note that at this first conference little emphasis was placed on marriage and family counseling, and family research.

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Read the conference program bookletRead the conference program from the first annual meeting of The National Conference on Family Relations

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