Leadership in 1981–82

Wesley Burr

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Wesley R. Burr, 39th President of NCFR, was a professor of family sciences and Director of the Family Living Center at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. At the beginning of his term as President, Burr noted an increasing trend in NCFR toward multidisciplinary interest in the family, and he asked that members enhance the multidisciplinary nature of theory. Burr and his collaborator, Geoffrey K. Leigh, prepared a six-page article and survey on “Identity in the Family Field.” They suggested that a new title, such as famology, be used for that field. Their proposal struck terror in the hearts of traditionalists in the family field, and much debate ensued.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 The following is an excerpt from Burr‘s Presidential Address:

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The analogy we are asserting is that the family discipline is born. We are not arguing that it is an adult or even, to continue the analogy, that it is in adolescence. We happen to believe that it was born some time ago, and that it is at least a toddler or preteen by now, but we are not asserting these ideas as truths. What we are asserting is that it is born. Some of our critics admit there may be a pregnancy, but they suspect or hope there will be a miscarriage or abortion before it is born. Others think that there are already enough sidelines in the family and that the academic community ought to practice birth control. Still others think that the idea of a family discipline is an ill-conceived notion.

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Ronald Pitzer was appointed chair of the Advisory Committee for the Family Resource and Referral Center.


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