Leadership in 1942–43

Ernest Burgess

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Ernest W. Burgess became NCFR’s fourth President (1942–44) while at the same time continuing as editor of the journal Marriage and Family Living. He was a prime example of the dedication and passion of our early founders. He was one of the three individuals who started NCFR. As Secretary those first 3 years, he communicated nationwide with prospective regional and state interest groups, kept records of the membership dues, was involved in the planning of the first annual conferences, and continued outstanding work as a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago. He was so passionate about scholarship and research on marriage and family that a special issue of Marriage and Family Living (1952, Vol. 14, No.4) was dedicated to highlighting his research.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 An excerpt of his Presidential Address is as follows:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Success and failure in marriage can be predicted before marriage. This is the outstanding conclusion of several studies already completed or in progress.  All of these studies proceed upon the assumption that certain actors present before marriage are associated with success and failure in matrimony. The first problem, then, is to find out what factors seem to have a significant relation to marital happiness and in what way these significant factors appear to make for success or failure in marital adjustment.

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