Other Activities in 1981–82

The Public Policy Committee urged its members to meet with key federal officials during the conference and suggested ways to do so. The committee noted two reports: “Families and Work, Strength, and Strains,” General Mills. And Better Home and Gardens Magazine: “Is Government Helping or Hurting Families?” 1982 report of the public policy methods committee One of NCFR’s outstanding leaders and its 1956 President died that year. Margaret Slingerland, Detroit, became NCFR’s official representative to the National Voluntary Organization for Independent Living for the Aging, better known by its acronym, NVOILA. She fulfilled this position until her death.

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Membership and Journals and Publications in 1981–82

Jetse Sprey, Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, became the new Editor of the Journal of Marriage and the Family. Michael Sporakowski, a professor in the Department of Family and Child Development at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, became the new editor of Family Relations. A special issue of the Journal of Marriage and the Family was published, titled: “Methodology—the Other Side of Caring.” The Journal of Family History also published a special issue devoted to “The Family in Eastern Europe.” Carolyn Love prepared a new Guide to Family Programs, which contained information about 71 U.S. and Canadian degree-granting institutions. The NCFR newsletter carried the results […]

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Awards in 1981–82

The Burgess Award went to a British scholar, Peter Laslett; Gerhard Neubeck, UMN was presented with the Osborne Award; Charline J. Warren, National Extension Homemakers’ Council Inc. of Longview, Washington, received the Distinguished Service to Families Award; Rowan A. Wakefield, Wakefield Washington Associates, received a Certificate of Commendation. The 1982 Reuben Hill Award was given to Carl Hornung, Claire McCullough, and Taichi Sugimoto for their work, “Status Relationships in Marriage: Risk Factors in Spouse Abuse.” The Student Award was presented to Joan Patterson, UMN and later at the University of Calgary.

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Structure and Governance in 1981–82

The Family Action Section defined its purpose as “to promote effective social action.” Sharon Houseknecht suggested that this Section deal with concerns identified by delegates to the White House Conference on Families as the most important. These issues were Families and Economic Well-Being; Families: Challenges and Responsibilities; Families and Human Need; and Families and Major Institutions. An open session on “Religion and Families” was held, and a focus group was formed. Another focus group on Work and Family was approved. Two amendments were added to the Constitution. The first amendment made the Treasurer the chair of the Finance Committee, with the President-Elect a committee […]

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Leadership in 1981–82

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 […]

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Other Activities in 1980–81

The Public Policy Committee prepared an exploratory survey concerning the Family Protection Act, for inclusion into the conference materials. The NCFR Board sent a letter to Congress applauding the attention being given to the marriage penalty tax. A second letter supported the reauthorization and adequate funding of Title X of the Public Health Services Act of 1970. Read the 1981 NCFR member survey on the Family Protection Act.

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Journals and Publications in 1980–81

Royalties from the sale of Emerging Conceptual Frameworks in Family Analysis, edited by Felix Berrardo and Ivan Nye, were assigned to the NCFR. A Family Relations special issue, edited by Joel Moss and Reth E. Brasher, focused on the topic of family life education. Graham Spanier, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Oregon State University, was named editor of The Journal of Family Issues.

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Membership and Awards in 1980–81

paoluFor the first time in four years, the membership dues was increased to $50.00 for individual members and $25.00 for student members. Read the March 1981 Newsletter V26 N1 Read the May 1981 Newsletter V26 N2 Read the August 1981 Newsletter V26 N3 Read the December 1981 Newsletter V26 N4 The Osborne Award recipient was Beatrice Paolucci of Michigan State University. The Distinguished Service to Families Award was presented to Chaplain Major General Richard Carr, Washington, DC. The Certificate of Commendation went to Lena DiCicco of the Cambridge and Somerville Program for Alcoholism Rehabilitation, Somerville, MA. Evelyn Millis Duvall, well-known author, charter NCFR Member, and former Executive […]

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Structure and Governance in 1980–81

The Ethnic Minorities Section began the process of collecting oral histories of the involvement of ethnic minority members in NCFR. Joseph Himes presented the Oral History at the 1981 Annual Conference and reflected on the founding of NCFR. Efforts were made by Harriette McAdoo to pull in as many ethnic/racial minorities as possible into the workings of NCFR, for service on committees and for presenting papers, and so on. The Board approved the initial plans for the Certification of Family Life Educators Program, chaired by Kenneth Davidson. A new focus group on Step Parenting and Remarriage was added. The Education Section […]

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1981 Conference: Acting and Reacting: Families in the 1980s

The 1981 Annual Conference convened at the Marc Plaza Hotel, Milwaukee, WI, October 13–17. Sharon Price was program chair and chose the theme “Acting and Reacting: Families in the 1980s.” Attendees numbered over 1,025. Jane Burgess was the local arrangements chair. Keynote speakers included Elise Boulding of Dartmouth University, who spoke on “Faber: The Family as Maker of the Future.” A panel of speakers on the topic “Families Act on Religion: Religion Acts on Families” included Rabbi Jerome Folkman, Letha D. Scanzoni, Mary Cline Detrick, and Donald Conroy. The topic “Cross-Cultural Comparisons: Problems and Solutions” was discussed by Irving Tallman, Laszlo Cseh-Szombothy, Wilfried Dumon, and Carolyn […]

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