Parenting, Partnering and Human Development

The body of research from this theme demonstrates the value of intergenerational and life course perspectives and documents the ways that family roles and relationships change as individuals move across life stages and thereby constitute evolving contexts for human development. Research within this theme speaks to three major issues: the formation and maintenance of relationships among adults; relations between adults and young people with families; and moving away from family "effects," to the developing lives of individual family members. PRC researchers are leaders in showing how family roles/relationships change across life stages, constituting evolving contexts for human development.  They are pioneering work showing families as the sources and productions of social stratification. A core emphasis of the scholarship at the PRC is the formation of adult relationships within demographic, cultural, and social contexts.  Researchers also explore micro- and macro-level factors that bolster relationship quality and stability.  Relationships strongly shape health and reproduction, and PRC researchers are working on uncovering the pathways through which they contribute to health and reproductive disparities. The family research program at the PRC is very interdisciplinary, drawing especially from sociology, psychology, human development, and family science but also from economics, education and policy studies.