Center for Research on Families

Director: Sally Powers

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst actively supports and disseminates social and behavioral sciences research on issues relevant to families.

CRF is an interdisciplinary research center whose mission is to build a strong network of faculty with expertise in family research who are able to generate collaborative, multidisciplinary research projects, and to create unique programming to bring research to policy-makers and the public. As a basic unit of human and animal life, research on families at CRF encompasses disciplines as diverse as the life sciences, social sciences, public health and nursing, education, and natural resources.

Specifically, CRF's focus includes research on individual health and development within families, processes and relationships within families (e.g., parent-child relations, marital and partner relationships, intergenerational relations), the social contexts of families (e.g., social class, race, ethnicity, gender, culture, historical period), the intersection of family life with other social institutions (e.g., schools, workplaces, child-care, religious institutions), and social and economic policy that affects the development, productivity, time, health, and well-being of families and family members.

The Center for Research on Families is based in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Natural Sciences , and has affiliated faculty from departments across campus. In addition, the Center collaborates with other institutions on this campus, within the University of Massachusetts system, and with the five college community.

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