Category Archives: Family Social Science

FSOS profs offer post-election commentary

FSOS professors Abi Gewirtz and Bill Doherty offered post-election thoughts in local and national media outlets, respectively.

Local NBC affiliate, KARE 11 featured Abi Gewirtz and her thoughts on talking to kids regarding the current mood in the country.

The Wall Street Journal featured Bill Doherty and his thoughts on moving forward in familial relationships when parties disagree on the outcome of the election. Independent.co.uk also featured Doherty’s thoughts.

See Gewirtz on KARE 11 here. Learn more about her and her research interests here.

Read Doherty’s comments in WSJ here. Read his comments in Independent hereLearn more about him and his research interests here.

Solheim, Wieling, and Ballard publish new textbook

immigrantrefugeetextbookDepartment of Family Social Science faculty members Cathy Solheim and Liz Wieling, along with FSOS Ph.D. student Jaime Ballard, recently published a breakthrough textbook titled, Immigrant and Refugee Families: Global Perspectives on Displacement and Resettlement Experiences.

While they were preparing to teach “Global Perspectives on Immigrant and Refugee Families,” Solheim and Wieling noticed that while there was a wealth of information regarding the immigrant experiences of individuals, very few textbooks focused on immigration experiences as it pertained to the family as a whole.

With the help of Ballard, Solheim and Wieling created a text that discusses current theoretical frameworks and synthesizes current research specific to immigrant and refugee families.

Read the textbook, which is available for free through University of Minnesota Libraries.

Learn more about Solheim, Wieling, and Ballard on their respective profile pages.

 

 

FSOS to host reception prior to NCFR

The Department of Family Social Science will host a reception prior to the start of the NCFR national conference, being held in Minneapolis this year.

“The Great Family Social Science Get Together” is an opportunity  for departmental friends and colleagues to reconnect.

The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM, in Symphony Ballroom III, at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Learn more and RSVP for this event here.

Parents today spending more time with their kids

Professor Bill DohertyWCCO recently featured Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty in a segment about how much time parents spend with their children.

According to the “Good Question” segment with Heather Brown, moms are spending about four hours a week more with their kids than they did 40 – 50 years ago. Dads are also spending more time with their kids.

“The big thing is interacting with them compared with just being around,” said Doherty.

He said there is no magic formula, but the key is being intentional with your time, and balancing quantity and quality of time.

Read the WCCO article and see the video here.

Learn more about Bill Doherty and his research interests here.

Spontaneous activities important for making family memories

Professor Bill DohertyDepartment of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty was recently quoted in a Wall Street Journal  article about the importance of doing spontaneous things as a family.

The author of the article tells the story of how she listened to her 10-year old son when he said he wanted to go from Pittsburgh to Cleveland to see the victory parade for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who won the 2016 NBA Championship.

Despite the crowds, booked hotel rooms, and the heat, the family took an impromptu road trip from Philadelphia to Cleveland for one reason: it would be memorable.

While parenting is often about structure and setting limits, “sometimes it’s good to say ‘what the heck’, and break out of what we normally do,” Doherty said.

He also said, “The thing about spontaneous family events is that they are a bit over the top. That is what makes them memorable.”

Read the Wall Street Journal article here.

Learn more about Bill Doherty and his research interests here.

 

It’s OK for “tweens” to be bored during summer

Dworkin-StrackJ-2003In a recent Star Tribune article about how kids spend their summers, Family Social Science associate professor Jodi Dworkin says it’s okay for kids to be bored.

Every year, parents in Minnesota face the quandary of what to do with their children during the summer, when school is not in session, according to a recent Star Tribune article.

For parents of young children there are many options, like day care or summer camp, but for parents of “tweens” (ages approximately from 12 to 15), summer can be a challenge. Tweens are too old for day care, but too young to work.

As a result, parents try to fill summers with activities for tweens, which are often expensive, to keep them active, off their phones, and out of trouble.

However, Dworkin says despite the pressure parents feel to fill up their kids’ summers with enriching activities, it’s OK for them to be bored, too.

“Allowing your children to be bored not only gives them a chance to be creative, it also gives them a chance to refresh and get ready for another school year,” she said.

Read the Star Tribune article here.

Learn more about Jodi Dworkin and her research interests here.

 

 

FSOS alum named dean at CSUN

farrellwebb150225FSOS alumnus Farrell Webb has been appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Development at California State University, Northridge.

Webb graduated with a Ph.D. in family social science in 1994.

After graduating, he worked for almost 20 years at Kansas State University. For the past two years, he worked as an associate dean at California State University, Los Angeles.

Read the CSUN Today article about his appointment here.

Congratulations, Dean Webb!

Boss: “No such thing as ‘closure’ in relationships”

Pauline BossIn an interview with NPR, Department of Family Social Science professor emeritus Pauline Boss said there is no such thing as “closure” when relationships end.

This  month NPR featured Boss in a segment of On Being with Krista Tippett titled “The Myth of Closure.”

According to the Orlando Sentinel,  Boss placed emphasis on the importance of remembering loved ones, and that actively trying to “get over” a death or failed relationship often prevents people from being able to do just that.

Boss also praised CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for putting “closure” in its proper place in the media when interviewing survivors and family members after tragedy.

“I know from his own biography that he knows what loss is, and he understands that there is no closure. He’s the only reporter I’ve ever heard explain that in the line of his work, and I think the rest of us have to do a better job of it, too.”

Boss coined the term “ambiguous loss” for her pioneering research on what people feel when a loved one disappears. However, she says, “We have to live with loss, whether clear or ambiguous, and it’s okay.”

Listen to “The Myth of Closure” on NPR here.

Read the Orlando Sentinel article here.

Learn more about Pauline Boss and her research interests here. 

Weiler awarded Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant

Lindsey WeilerDepartment of Family Social Science assistant professor Lindsey Weiler is part of a team researching homeless youth in Hennepin County, which has been awarded the Hennepin-University Collaborative Grant.

The project investigates homeless youth’s perceptions of their education and employment interests, needs, and potential interventions. This award will bring together the Office to End Homelessness (OEH) and FSOS to give voice to youth interests and desires.

Read more about Lindsey’s research interests on her profile page.

Read more about the Office to End Homelessness on the Hennepin County website.

Read more about Hennepin-University Partnerships on their website.

FSOS represented at the annual ACCI conference

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The FSOS group in front of a statue of James Madison, at the Library of Congress. From left to right: Sarah Burcher, Dung Mao, Joyce Serido, and Veronica Deenanath.

In early June, several graduate students and one faculty member represented FSOS at the annual American Council on Consumer Interests (ACCI) conference in Arlington, Virginia.

The group of graduate students included Sarah Burcher, Dung Mao, and Veronica Deenanath. FSOS faculty member and ACCI president Joyce Serido also attended the conference.

The graduate students presented on the following research:

Sarah Burcher, ” “The Financial Behavior of Low-Income and Ethnically Diverse First-Year College Students: The Power of Parenting and Self-Beliefs”

Dung Mao, “Young Adults’ Financial Behavior, Financial Values, and Relationship Satisfaction: Do Perceptions of Partner’s Behavior or Shared Financial Values Matter?”

Veronica Deenanath, “High School Students’ Financial Behavior: The Role of Decision Context, and Access to Money”

Burcher also received a scholarship.

The group also attended a celebration at the Library of Congress for the 50th anniversary of the Journal of Consumer Affairs (JOCA), the academic journal published by the ACCI.

Stum says it’s not the big things that matter when dividing assets

StumMarlene150In a recent New York Times article, FSOS professor Marlene Stum says it’s not the big things that matter when dividing assets after the death of a loved one.

In fact, Stum says that most often families have decided ahead of time what will be done with the items bearing any significant monetary value. It’s the smaller things worth almost no money, but high in sentimental value, that families end up fighting over, which leads to strife in relationships.

Stum’s publication, Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate, helps families navigate the division of the assets. Her book sets forth principles such as helping family members understand that each belonging has a varying value to each family member, and stresses the importance of setting up a fair system for dividing assets, and sticking to it.

Read the New York Times article here.

Learn more about Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate here.

FSOS dept. head met second lady on trip to DC

 

FSOS department head, Lynne Borden, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for an event with Joining Forces.

As part of the event titled, “Operation Educate the Educators: Sharing Successes and Setting Sights for the Future,” Dr. Borden met Dr. Jill Biden.

Joining Forces is an organization that works on behalf of military families. In addition to her duties as department head, Dr. Borden also runs the REACH lab, which also focuses on helping military families.

Learn more about REACH here.

Learn more about Joining Forces here.

FSoS alumnus benefits from deportation reprieve program

PerezDAfter years of living in the United States illegally, Daniel Perez, a former FSoS undergraduate student and current graduate student, has a green card after qualifying for a federal program that offers deportation reprieve for immigrants who entered the country as children.

Perez, who crossed the Mexican border when he was 15, qualified for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), passed by the Obama administration in 2012.

According to an article in the Star Tribune, for those who qualify, DACA offers a temporary reprieve from deportation and a work permit. For some immigrants married to U.S. citizens, the program also allows government-approved travel abroad to nullify their initial illegal entry into the country and permit them to apply for a green card.

Perez’s wife, Kendra, a Canadian who is now a U.S. citizen, sponsored him.

Through DACA, Perez has been granted “advanced parole,” according to the Star Tribune. This means that a person with a pending immigration application has permission to  re-enter the country, as long as they had an educational, professional, or humanitarian reason to leave the country. Perez, who now works as a social worker in Minneapolis, was granted advance prole for a professional conference in Canada.

Now Perez and his wife are planning his first trip to Mexico since he and his family left in 2002. They will visit his grandparents and other family.

Perez will be eligible to apply for citizenship in 2018.

Read the Star Tribune Article here.

Diego Garcia-Huidobro named finalist in CEHD’s Three Minute Thesis Competition

GarciaHuidobroD2012FSoS doctoral candidate Diego Garcia-Huidobro has been named as a finalist in the inaugural CEHD Three Minute Thesis competition. Garcia-Huidobro is one of eight finalists, and the only finalist from FSoS.

Garcia-Huidobro will be competing for $500. The runner up and the people’s choice will receive prizes of $250 respectively.

Despite this being the first year that CEHD is participating in 3MT, over 200 universities across the world participate annually. The competition is intended to develop presentation, research, and academic communication skills, and to help students explain their work effectively to a general audience with no background in their field of study.

Judges for the CEHD competition are Dr. Keith Mayes, CLA professor; R.T. Rybak, former Minneapolis mayor and current executive director of Generation Next; and Margie Soran, executive director of the Soran Foundation.

The Three Minute Thesis competition will be held on Tuesday, March 22, 2016, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM, in the McNamara Alumni Center Heritage Gallery as part of CEHD Research Day.

Professor Krentzman quoted in White Bear Press article

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Amy Krentzman, MSW, PhD Assistant Professor

Professor Amy Krentzman was recently quoted in the White Bear Press article “Mother’s letters gave addicted son a dose of reality“. Martha Wegner began writing letters to her son and posting them to a blog during a period when he was homeless due to drug addiction. The blog is now published in a book entitled, “Dear David: Dealing with My Son’s Addiction One Letter at a Time”. Now sober they look back as a family as to why the blog might have aided both mother and son. In the article Krentzman is referenced to explain a few reasons why the blog might have made such a positive influence: in addition to the expression of emotion that is a benefit of all therapeutic journaling, the blog  might have garnered Martha social support for her situation, might have helped other families struggling with addiction, and might have aided David in seeing the impact of his addiction on his family. Krentzman also explains that the public disclosure of recovery status is a growing trend embodied by the Faces and Voices of Recovery Movement.

Children of FSoS alumna named “Bell Museum Tiny Curators”

tinycuratorsThe children of FSoS alumna Anna Williams and CSE alumnus Nick Williams, Miller (age 9) and Maria (age 10), were each named an honorary “Bell Museum Tiny Curator” after they developed their own “Tiny Natural History Museum,” near their home in Minnetrista.

There were more than 100 objects on display at their museum, and being from a family of great U of M pride, the siblings decided to donate half of the money they earned to the U of M’s Bell Museum of Natural History.

On President’s Day, the Bell Museum hosted the Williams family for a special tour. Along with their honorary title, the Bell Museum also presented the fledgling scientists with magnifying loupes and U of M backpacks.

See the KARE 11 feature story.

Serido helps students and families make better decisions about financing higher education

Professor Joyce SeridoDepartment of Family Social Science associate Professor Joyce Serido teamed up with Extension educators across the state to create a pilot program that helps students and families make better choices about financing higher education.

The program began in January, and Serido will meet with Extension educators in February to fine tune the program to make it accessible to various groups statewide.

Read more about Serido’s work in Source Magazine.

Learn more about Serido’s research on her profile page.

Learn more about personal finance and financial education resources.

Walker’s article selected as best paper by FCSRJ

The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal selected FSoS associate professor Susan Walker’s article “Family Educators’ Technology Use and Factors Influencing Technology Acceptance Attitudes” as the best paper in family and consumer sciences education published by the journal in 2015.

FCSRJ chose her article for the following reasons: the topic is original, the research design and methodology demonstrate high standards, and the article has the potential to make a lasting contribution to the theory and/or practice in family and consumer sciences.

Walker’s article is one of seven published by FCSRJ in 2015 to be recognized. The journal published a total of 28 articles in 2015.

Read the article here.

Learn more about Walker’s research on her profile page.

McGuire says the earlier gender is addressed with children, the better

Professor Jenifer McGuire In a MinnPost article, Department of Family Social Science associate professor Jenifer McGuire stressed the importance of an inclusive approach when it comes to gender, and said the sooner we can talk to children regarding gender, the better.

Read the article here.

Learn more about McGuire and her research interests here.

The key to effectively blending families? “Intentional parenting,” Doherty says in WSJ article.

Professor Bill DohertyIn a Wall Street Journal article, Department of Family Social Science professor Bill Doherty discussed the necessity for having a plan when it comes to parenting children in blended families.

Read the article here.

Learn more about Doherty and his projects here.