Marriage research center name change reflects mission
The National Center for Marriage Research has announced it will now be known as the National Center for Family and Marriage Research. The addition of the word “family” expresses the center’s overall mission of providing research, training and dissemination of information to improve understanding of marriage and family structure, say co-directors Drs. Susan Brown and Wendy Manning, sociology.
The center was established in 2007 under the auspices of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Brown and Manning say they are pleased with the name change. “The inclusion of ‘family’ in our name more accurately reflects our focus on all family forms,” Brown said.
“The new name better represents the reality of family life in the United States—with attention to a broad range of families in the lives of children, youth and adults,” Manning concurred.
In addition to the new name, the center recently moved from Bromfield Hall to 005 Williams Hall, where it will share newly renovated office, research and conference space with the federally funded Center for Family and Demographic Research.