¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 NCFR leaders and members were deeply involved in the planning and execution of two very important conferences during this year that demonstrated the importance of the family in social history and increased the need for better defining the field of family studies.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The White House Conference on Family Life—held May 6–8—had been in the planning stages for 4 years. Ernest G. Osborne, the President-Elect of NCFR, was appointed program coordinator of this most important event, which was strongly supported by President Harry S. Truman. One hundred twenty-five major national organizations, having a combined membership of 40 million members from the fields of education, health, law, youth services, social services, business, labor, women’s clubs, and churches, were involved. The Board President of this undertaking was Eric Johnson, President of the Motion Picture Association of America.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Division 1 covered the background statistical data providing the latest picture of American families—income; expenditures for food, clothing, housing, and so on; and trends in births, divorce, deaths, and anything measurable.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Division 2 covered the cycle of family life. Dr. Evelyn Millis Duvall and Dr. Reuben Hill were instrumental in drawing together all the research on the various stages of family growth and development, interpersonal relationships, and first-hand experiences. Scores of family science scholars worked with them on this.
¶ 7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Division 3 covered action areas of family life. Ten action areas were defined, and outstanding physicians, lawyers, recreation leaders, housing specialists, educators, social workers, counselors were solicited to help prepare materials for debate and discussion. The 10 areas and their chairs included:
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- Esther McGinnis, Director, Merrill–Palmer Institute
- Housing: Coleman Woodbury, University of Wisconsin
- Home Management: Pauline Nickell, Iowa State University
- Recreation: John McDowell, Executive Director, National Federation of Settlements
- Community Participation: Howard McClusky, University of Michigan
- Legal Problems: Reginald Heber Smith, American Bar Association
- Counseling and Guidance: Emily Hartshorn Mudd, Marriage Council of Pennsylvania
- Social Welfare: Ralph Uihlein, Milwaukee, WI
- Health and Medical Care: Dr. Leona Baumgartner, New York Department of Health, Dr. Haven Emerson, New York State.
- Economic Welfare: Mr. John Corson, Dr. Charles Stewart
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 The conference consisted of groups of delegates working on specific issues to dig deep into the study and analysis of factors affecting today’s family and how the participating organizations can develop their own programs to deal with the issues. It was also intended that the major areas of research needed would be identified.