Other Activities in 1983–84

The Public Policy Committee reported in December 1983 on two initiatives in Congress to address the needs of families: (1) The Family Protection Act and (2) the activities of the House Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families. A survey of public policy issues revealed strong NCFR member support for ensuring timely child support payments, requiring high school students to take a course in family life education, and development of a catastrophic illness insurance program and tax incentives for families caring for elderly or handicapped members. The NCFR Board voted to accept recommendations by the Family Action Section and the […]

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Affiliates in 1983–84

Jay Howard Kauffman was chair of the Congress of Affiliated Councils; six sessions of the Affiliated Councils were integrated into the annual conference. The California Council on Family Relations sponsored the opening conference reception, in addition to working with local arrangements. A matching grant from the Affiliated Councils Presidents’ Fund was made to the South Carolina Council for a major membership drive. A Midwest Conference of the NCFR was held in Des Moines, IA, in March 1984. The theme was “Midwestern Families: Strengths, Diversities and Stresses.” Geoffrey Leigh was the chair.

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Journals and Publications in 1983–84

Family Relations Journal published a special issue on “The Family With Handicapped Members,” edited by Eileen M. Earhart and Michael J. Sporakowski. Another special issue was devoted to “Remarriage and Stepparenting,” with Kay Pasley and Marilyn Ihinger-Tallman as editors. The 1984 Directory of Professionals and Researchers in the Area of Ethnic Minority and Black Families was published by Harlan London of Syracuse University.

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Awards in 1983–84

President Bert Adams appointed a committee on awards to study and improve the entire NCFR award structure, with Luther Otto as chair. The first Marie Peters Award was given to Harriette P. McAdoo of Howard University. The award was presented by Ouida Westney, chair of the award committee. The Student Award went to Katherine R. Allen of Syracuse University. She became a member of the Texas Women’s University, and later a professor at Virginia Polytech University in Blacksburg. Sharon Price, University of Georgia, was recipient of the Osborne Award. Ira L. Reiss, University of Minnesota, was recipient of the Burgess Award. The Reuben […]

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Membership in 1983–84

In September 1984, membership numbers stood at 4,439. There were 52 Affiliated Councils: 41 state and provincial, three regional, and eight local. Read the March 1984 Newsletter V29 N1 Read the May 1984 Newsletter V29 N2 Read the July-August 1984 Newsletter V29 N3 Read the December 1984 Newsletter V29 N4

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Structure and Governance in 1983–84

The Task Force for the Development of a Family Discipline held an open meeting, with Wesley R. Burr presiding. Two new Sections were established: (1) The Family and Health Section, chaired by William Doherty and (2) the Religion and Family Life Section, chaired by Ruth Jewson. The Commission to Review the Structure of NCFR, chaired by Dennis Orthner, found that  NCFR is not as responsive as it once was to the family practitioner–professional. The majority of those polled thought that the NCFR should be taking a more active advocacy role. Read the newsletter published by the 1984 Task Force for […]

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Leadership in 1983–84

Bert N. Adams (PhD, University of North Carolina) became the 41st President of NCFR. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He has taught sociological theory extensively, both in East Africa and at the University of Wisconsin, and also taught and wrote on the sociology of the family. He is the author of several books, including the introductory textbook The Family: A Sociological Interpretation (5th ed., Harcourt Brace, 1995) and Sociological Theory (Pine Forge Press, 2001). With David M. Klein, he served as co-editor of the Understanding Families Series with Sage, which produced 20 books between 1995 and […]

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Affiliates and Other Activities in 1982–83

Matti Gershenfeld was appointed chair of a Committee on the Development of the Congress of Affiliated Councils. Each Section was asked to appoint a representative to the Family Resource and Referral Center Steering Committee to supervise quality control and to promote the center among the Section constituents. A news release about the Richard Gelles position paper, “How Families with Violent Members Can be Helped,” was sent to 800 organizations. Bert Adams, President-Elect, was appointed chair of a search committee for an Executive Officer to replace Ruth Jewson. NCFR continued to support National Family Sexuality Week, along with a number of […]

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Membership and Journals and Publications in 1982–83

Maximiliane Szinovacz became the third Editor of the NCFR Sage Monograph Series, which now contained 10 books. The Journal of Family History published a special issue on the topic of “The Family in Japanese History.” The 1982 volumes of NCFR’s three journals contained the following number of pages: Journal of Marriage and Family Living—1,072 pages; FR—592 pages; and JFH—440 pages. This is quite an accomplishment for an organization owning three scholarly journals. NCFR’s International Section became the recipient of all the royalties of a book, Society’s Adolescent Dilemma: International Perspectives on the Family Planning Rights of Minors, edited by Hyman Rodman and […]

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Awards in 1982–83

Karen Polonko, John Scanzoni, and Jay Teachman were awarded the Reuben Hill Award for their article on “Childlessness and Marital Satisfaction: A Further Assessment.” Luther B. Otto of the Boys Town Center, Nebraska, received the Distinguished Service to Families Award. The Certificate of Commendation went to Glen H. Rediehs of Valencia Community College. The Student Award went to Sandra Burge, Purdue University, then at Texas Health Science Center, and to Joe F. Pittman, University of Georgia, then at the University of Utah. Neither the Osborne or the Burgess Awards were given in 1983. The Ethnic Minorities Outstanding Achievement Award was renamed […]

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