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The National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR), established in 2007 at Bowling Green State University (BGSU), welcomes you to News and Notes our monthly electronic newsletter. News and Notes
aims to inform you about the activities of the NCFMR. We will update you on current research findings and trends, announce training opportunities, and provide registration details for upcoming conferences and workshops. 


NCFMR Study Finds Healthy Marriage Initiative Spending Has Little Effect on Marriage & Divorce Rates

From 2000-2010, annual HMI spending increased by $117 million, peaking in 2009 with expenditures reaching nearly $142 million. This time period witnessed the continued precipitous decline of the General Marriage Rate, decreasing by 26% in the 10-year period. Meanwhile, the General Divorce Rate remained relatively stable, with 18.4 individuals divorce per 1,000 at risk of divorce. To learn more about how HMI spending from 2000-2010 is related to trends in U.S. marriage and divorce and the relationship between federally designated state-level HMI spending from 2000-2011 and state-level marriage and divorce rates in 2011, please see our latest Family Profile: Healthy Marriage Initiative Spending and U.S. Marriage & Divorce Rates, a State-level Analysis (FP-14-02).



Annual HMI Spending and Marriage & Divorce Rates, 2000-2010

CDC/NCHS, National Vital Statistics System, 2000; Glass & Levchak, 2010, NCFMR County-Level Marriage & Divorce Data, 2000; U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Census, 2000; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates, 2008 - 2010; HMI Spending data - Hawkins et al., 2013.

The numerators for the marriage and divorce rates for the year 2000 were derived from state-level NVS county data, and the denominators were derived from 2000 Decennial Census. Oklahoma did not report number of marriages or divorces, and California, Indiana, and Louisiana did not report number of divorces in 2000. NCFMR county-level data collected by Glass & Levchak were summed for these missing states and used in the numerators for computing the national rate.

New at the NCFMR 

Family Profiles

Original reports summarizing and analyzing nationally representative data with the goal of providing the latest analysis of U.S. families.

  • FP-14-02 
    • Healthy Marriage Initiative Spending and U.S. Marriage & Divorce Rates, a State-level Analysis
      • Authors: Wendy D. Manning, Susan L. Brown., Krista K. Payne, & Hsueh-Sheng Wu


Data Resources

An extensive set of data resources are available to facilitate research on families and well-being.  


NCFMR in the News
For a full list of NCFMR in the News items and for media links to each item, visit NCFMR in the News


  • Older Americans' Breakups Are Causing A 'Graying' Divorce Trend (WP-13-03) 
  • Opponents of Same-Sex Marriage Take a Bad-for Children Argument to Court


Just Released 





Calendar of Events
March 2014

Call for Papers -- Special Journal of Family Theory & Review
Qualitative Family Scholarship: Innovative Theories in the Interpretive Tradition
Date Due: March 1
Call for Proposals -- National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
Families at the Nexus of Global Change
Date Due: March 1
2014 Illinois Council on Family Relations (ILCFR) Conference 
Family Safety & Security 
Date: March 7

Call for Applications -- National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families 
Date Due: March 7
Link to Child Trends
Call for Proposals -- IRP 
Date Due: March 14
Call for Proposals -- 2014 Family Science Association (FSA) Conference 
Date Due: March 15
2014 Society for Research on Identity Formation (SRIF) 21st Annual Conference
Date: March 19
Link to SRIF

Call for Applications -- RAND Summer Institute
Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging
Date Due: March 21
Center for Family and Demographic
Research Symposium

Same-Sex Couples: Frontiers in Measurement and Analysis

Date: March 26

Annual Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE) Conference
The Faces of Aging: Resilience
Date: March 28
33rd Annual OKCFR Conference
Loss, Trauma, and Resilience: Adapting to Change in an Uncertain World 
Date: March 28
Link to OKCFR

2014 WAFCS-WICFR Conference
Date: March 28-29 
Link to WICFR

April 2014

Call for Applications -- Wray Jackson Smith Scholarship 
Date Due: April 1 

Midwest Sociological Society (MSS) 2014 Annual Meeting
Dates: April 3-6
IOSSBR 2014 Spring International Conference
Dates: April 10-11

17th Annual Council on Contemporary Families (CCF) Conference
Families as They Really Are: How Digital Technologies are Changing the Way Families Live and Love 
Dates: April 25-26 

Call for Applications -- Funding Opportunities from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Research and Evaluation in Violence Against Women
Date Due: April 25 

NIJ Postdoctoral Fellowship: Dating Abuse Among Adolescents and Young Adults
Date Due: April 28 
May 2014

Population Association of America (PAA) 2014 Annual Meeting
Dates: May 1-3

17th Annual Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference (WREC)
Dates: May 28-30
Call for Papers & Symposia -- Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) International Conference 
Date Due: May 31 

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Dr. Susan L. Brown

Dr. Wendy D. Manning


Social Science Data Analysts

Dr. Krista Payne

Hsueh-Sheng Wu 


Technical Writer

Lesley Wadsworth


Graduate Research Assistants

Esther Lamidi 

Bart Stykes


This project is supported with assistance from Bowling Green State University. From 2007 to 2013 support was also provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are solely those of the author(s) and should not be construed as representing the opinions or policy of any agency of the state or federal government.