1984 Conference: New Families for a New Era

John Scanzoni

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The 1984 Annual Conference theme was “New Families for a New Era,” and it was held at the Cathedral Hills Hotel, San Francisco, CA, October 16–20. John Scanzoni of the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, was the program chair. Cecilia Gray of California State University was local arrangements chair. The purpose of the conference was to examine the issue of changes and continuities in all aspect of male–female and parent–child relations in the context of the ongoing changes in the larger society.

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Bert Adams’s Presidential Address was on “Problems and Solutions in the Family Today.” Plenary sessions and speakers included the following: Peter Scales, on “The Changing Context of Sexuality Education: Paradigms and Challenges for the Future”; Lenore J. Weitzman, on “Legal Reforms, No-Fault Divorce, and the Decline of Marriage”; Willistyne Goodsell, on “What’s Happened to Marriage and Family?”; Jessie Bernard, on “Continuity and Change”; and Harold Raush, on “A Sing-a-Long With Job and Jeremiah.”

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Master lectures were given on the topics of “The Future of Family Policies,” “A Critique of Jessie Bernard’s Contributions,” and “The Future of Black Families.”

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Pre-conference workshops were offered on the following topics:

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  • “Child and Family Advocacy: What Roles for the Family Specialist?”
  • “Instructional Design Systems in Family Life Education”
  • “Family Systems and Family Therapy”
  • “Family Systems and Health: Focus on Prevention”
  • “Men, Women and Children: Issues in Child Support”
  • “Peace: A World Without War”
  • “Theory Construction and Research Methodology”
  • “Working Conference on Family Therapy”
  • “Working with Single-Parent Families”

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 Robert Staples presented the Oral History session of the Ethnic Minorities Section.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Focus groups met on topics of Work and Family, Farm Families, Feminism and Family Studies, The Middle Years, Family Law, Adoption, Re-Marriage and Step-Parenting, Marriage and Family Enrichment, Nursing, Aging, and Religion and Families.

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 Meetings of the Ethnic Minorities Section were dedicated to the memory of Marie Peters. Each program session and seminar-in-the-round started with a brief statement regarding the life of Marie.

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 The Student and Young Professionals Section held a student party. Cassettes of sessions at the conference were again available.

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 1984 Conference ProgramRead the conference program


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