Other Activities in 1979–80

The White House Conference on Families was held in three regions of the country in the summer of 1980: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and Baltimore. It became apparent that a wide portion of the country was divided between traditional cultural norms and progressive values. Sharon Alexander chaired the NCFR Public Policy Committee to serve in an advisory capacity to Steven Engleberg, NCFR’s D.C. legal counsel. Read Sharon’s November 1980 letter to the committee. The International Section co-sponsored an international seminar in Uppsala, Sweden on “Family & Disaster.” Robert Coombs was appointed chair of the Committee on Position Papers. Kenneth Davidson became […]

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Journals and Publications in 1979–80

The Decade Review of Research on Marriage and the Family was published in the November 1980 JMF with Felix Berardo as Editor. A special issue of Family Relations had as its topic “Family Stress, Coping and Adaptation” with guest editors Hamilton McCubbin and Pauline Boss. Marie F. Peters edited the 1980 Directory of Professionals and Researchers in the Area of Black Families,” published by NCFR.

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Membership and Awards in 1979–80

NCFR members were given their choice of two of the three journals with their membership and the option of receiving the third at a reduced rate. Read the March 1980 Newsletter V25 N1 Read the May 1980 Newsletter V25 N2 Read the August 1980 Newsletter V25 N3 Read the December 1980 Newsletter V25 N4 The First Reuben Hill Award was presented to Walter R. Gove, Michael Hughes, and Omer R. Galle for their article, “Overcrowding in the Home.” Gerald Leslie, former NCFR President and University of Florida professor, was awarded the Osborne Award. Marvin B. Sussman, Unidel Professor of Human Resources, University of Delaware, was the recipient […]

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Structure and Governance in 1979–80

The NCFR Board granted Section status to the Ethnic Minorities Section. Harriette McAdoo was the first full-fledged chair of the Section, which held its first session at the 1980 Annual Conference. An Ethnic Minorities Award was established, and the Ethnic Minority Oral History project was inaugurated and presented by Leanor Johnson. Seven focus groups came into existence: (1) The Law and the Family, (2) Middle Age and Middlescence, (3) Adoption, (4) Aging, (5) Single-Parent Families, (6) Marriage Enrichment, and (7) Family and Health. The latter was formed for persons interested in education, research, and policy aspects of family and health issues.

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Leadership in 1979–80

Ira L. Reiss, Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota and a well-known author, became NCFR’s 37th President. Ira’s autobiography can be found in Pioneering Paths in the Study of Families (Haworth Press, 2001). He was born in New York of a clothing manufacturing family. They moved to Scranton, PA, in the 1930s, where he attended grade and high school. His experiences in Scranton and in the army during World War II led him to the study of sexuality. He graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in business administration, the expectation being that he would join his father in the clothing […]

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Affiliates and Other Activities in 1978–79

By the end of the 1970s, there were 40 state, two provincial, three regional, two local, and two student Affiliated Councils of NCFR. An international seminar on “The Child and the Family” was sponsored at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, by the International Section and the Committee on Family Research of the International Sociological Association. The NCFR Resource and Referral Center, under the direction of Margaret Bodley, began functioning at headquarters, funded by a grant from the Stewart Mott Foundation. The Center—far ahead of its time as a database—was established to accomplish the following tasks: (1) collect, index, and store and retrieve family-related information for […]

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Journals and Publications in 1978–79

John Scanzoni of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, became the second editor of the NCFR Monograph Series. Family Coordinator was renamed Family Relations: Journal of Applied Family and Child Studies. This was to begin with the January 1980 issue, with Jim Walters continuing as Editor. NCFR became the official sponsor of the Journal of Family History. The Board approved a processing fee for all manuscripts submitted to NCFR publications. The special issue of Journal of Marriage and the Family that year covered the topic “Family Policy Research.” Guest editors for this issue were Ivan Nye and Gerald W. McDonald. Robert Lewis and Joseph […]

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Awards in 1978–79

Mary Lou Purcell, then a professor at Stephens College, was the Osborne Award recipient. She went on to teach at Auburn University. The Burgess Award was given to Glen H. Elder of Cornell University. He later taught at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Distinguished Service to Families Award went to John Money, Professor of Medical Psychology at Johns Hopkins University. The E.C. Brown Foundation and Levi Strauss & Co. received Certificates of Commendation for their work on families. Catherine Surra Stump of the University of Arizona was the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award. Runners-up were Walter Schumm of Purdue University; […]

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Membership in 1978–79

Leland Axelson and Paul Glick researched a 25% sample of NCFR members for another membership survey. They reported that 33% of the respondents considered NCFR their primary professional association. Strong support was found for NCFR to continue to take a strong stand on controversial issues. Significant differences in attitudes and beliefs appeared to make the choice of issues difficult.  Challenging topics for the 1980s were identified, in descending order as follows: Divorce, separation and desertion Variant lifestyles, Child abuse and family violence Marital communication/marital enrichment Age and aging families Changing sex roles Single parenting Public policy and the family The […]

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