¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The 1976 Annual Conference was held in New York City, October 19–23. The theme was “Family and Sex Roles.” The conference focused on the texture and substance of ongoing daily life between critical events. The major objective was to examine critically how families define and handle problems in the contest of their regular living arrangements and important relationships. The program chair was Constantina Safilios-Rothschild. Local arrangements chair was Norma L. Newmark.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The conference drew 1,350 professionals, including 231 students. Plenary speakers included Lois Wladis Hoffman, who spoke on “Social Change, the Family, and Sex Differences”; Robert R. Bell, who spoke on “Adult Male Sex Roles and Resistance to Change”; and Jay Mann, who discussed “Man and Woman as Sexual Partners.” Greetings from President Gerald Ford and President-Elect Jimmy Carter were read to the audiences.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Douglas Sprenkle chaired a task force on the Impact of Business and Industry on the Family. Vincent J. Fontana, author of Somewhere a Child is Crying, addressed the Task Force on Child Neglect and Abuse, speaking about “Maltreatment—Causes and Prevention.” The Task Force on Population and Family Planning heard Catherine S. Chilman, Stanley Kruger, Rodney Shaw, and John Bruce in a panel that discussed “Adolescent Parents.”
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 A workshop on “Aging and Family Life Education” was sponsored by the Task Force on Aging. Other Task Forces holding meetings included Divorce and Divorce Reform, Women’s Rights and Responsibilities, The Middle Year, Income Maintenance, Legislation and Social Problems, and Alternative Lifestyles.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 There was a pre-conference workshop on “Instructional Innovations—A Multi-Media Approach,” with Francine Deutsch and Stella Goldberg. A post-conference session on “Teaching Interpersonal Communication Skills in the Classroom,” led by James Maddock and Sherod Miller.
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 The J. C. Penney Company sponsored a colorful multimedia show, “The New York Experience,” for the opening reception. An evening of folk dancing was provided by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. The Tri-State Council provided music during the banquet and for dancing afterward.