Journals and Publications in 1956–57

Starting with the February 1957 issue of Marriage and Family Living, Harold T. Christensen, Department of Sociology at Purdue University, became Editor. Gerald R. Leslie was Associate Editor. The editorial board consisted of James H. S. Bossard, Meyer F. Nimkoff, and  John P. Spiegel, Earl L. Koos served as book review editor.  A special issue of the journal, on “Health and Family Welfare,” was published in May. Clara B. Arny was the guest editor of this issue.

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Affiliates in 1956–57

The 1953 Evaluation Committee report recommended a clarified relationship between state and regional councils and NCFR. Robert Foster, chair of this committee in 1953, presented several proposals to the presidents of the affiliated councils along with revisions in the constitution to reflect them. Even as late as 1957, not much had been done about this.

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Membership in 1956–57

By August 1957, the recorded membership was 2,594. In addition, 819 libraries held subscriptions to Marriage and Family Living. Read the March 1957 NCFR Newsletter Read the May 1957 NCFR Newsletter Read the October 1957 NCFR Newsletter

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Leadership in 1956–57

David B. Treat, a much-loved pioneer in family life education, became NCFR’s 14th president. For 26 years, he had directed the Clara Elizabeth Fund for Maternal Health in Flint, MI. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to California. The following is an excerpt from Treat‘s Presidential Address: The dream of those who brought the National Council into being was to share the offering of many disciplines and many professions in the creation of a movement to strengthen families of America whenever and however they need help. Let all of us who are concerned with people and their families throw our […]

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Awards in 1955–56

The NCFR Research Section, through the Ernest W. Burgess Award Fund, announced an annual prize of up to $100 to be awarded to the person contributing the best research paper during the year in the field of marriage and family studies. The award would be presented at the Annual Conference, and the paper would be published in Marriage and Family Living. A committee consisting of Theodore B. Johannis, Reuben Hill, Clifford Kirkpatrick, Nelson Foote, and Winston Erhmann was appointed to work out the details of this award.

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Membership in 1955–56

NCFR collaborated with the Elizabeth McCormick Memorial Fund to cosponsor a family research conference in Chicago in November 1956. Cochairs were David Treat of the Clara Elizabeth Fund and Donald Brieland of the Elizabeth McCormick Memorial Fund. Taking part in this cross-fertilization of ideas were several leading NCFR members: Judson T. Landis, Harold Christensen, Clifford Kirkpatrick, Donald Brieland, Nelson A. Foote, Gerald R. Leslie, A. R. Mangus, and many others. The proceedings of this meeting were published in a special issue of Marriage and Family Living (MFL) in February 1957. NCFR’s membership fees were raised slightly, to $8.00 for a husband-and-wife pair, $6.00 for individuals, and $3.00 for students. […]

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Structure and Governance in 1955–56

It was decided that all officers of NCFR began serving their terms from the close of one annual meeting through the following meeting. Section chairs were as follows: Robert O. Blood, Family Life Education in Colleges Dale Womble, Education for Marriage and Family Living in Schools Fay Moeller, Family Life Education in the Community Bruce Thomason, Marriage and Family Counseling Theodore B. Johannis, Marriage and Family Research Wallace C. Fulton, Mass Media David Rauch, Parent Education Katherine Whiteside Taylor, Comparative Nursery Schools Albert Rosenburg, Housing and Family Welfare Wesley A. Kemp, Religion & the Family Eugene P. Link, International

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1956 Conference: Mental Health, Marriage and the Family

The 1956 Annual Conference was held at Boston University, August 16–18. The theme was “Mental Health, Marriage and the Family.” The program was held in collaboration with several federal agencies who provided speakers and consultation. These included the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Association for Mental Health, and the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health. Some of the program topics were are follows, beginning with Judson T. Landis‘s Presidential speech, “The Challenge of Family Life Education.” Harold Christensen spoke on “The Method of Record Linkage Applied to Family Data.”  Other topics included: “What We Know About the Family and […]

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Leadership in 1955–56

Judson T. Landis was President in 1956. He was a professor of family sociology and a member of the Institute of Human Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He and his wife Mary wrote a well-used book, Building a Successful Marriage, which sold over 800,000 copies worldwide. He authored numerous books and articles. The following is an excerpt from Judson T. Landis‘s Presidential Address: In the nuclear family, the socialization of the child is dependent too much on the central figure of the home, the mother. If she is too young, too soon shifts to the role of worker and […]

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