Families and Health symposia at NCFR

Oct 29, 2012

National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference ~ Phoenix, AZ October 31-November 4.

Theme: Families and Health

The following three symposia are being held on the first day of the NCFR conference, Wednesday, October 31.   They grow out of the work of the Wingspread Conference on the connections between marriage, couple relationships and health sponsored by the National Healthy Marriage Resource Center (NHMRC) in 2008. This conference was funded by the Administration on Children and Families, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Johnson Foundation, Racine WI. Follow this link for additional resources on these topics from the NHMRC.

8:30 am-10:00am. Relationship Education for Young Parents: What Do We Know? What More Do We Need to Know? Moderator: Galena Rhoads. Discussant: Alan Hawkins.

  • A Review of Relationship Education Research of the Past Decade—Galena Rhoads & Howard Markman
  • Supporting Father Involvement: A Couples Group Approach to Enhancing Family Well-being. Philip A. Cowan, Carolyn Pape Cowan, Marsha Kline Pruett, Kyle Pruett.
  • Early Impacts of the Supporting Healthy Marriage Program (SHM): Implications for Adult and Child Health. JoAnn Hsueh, Erika Lundquist, Desiree Anderson, Charles Michalopoulous, Virginia Knox, Daniel Gubits, David Fein.
  • The Effects of Building Strong Families (BSF): A Healthy Marriage and Relationships Skills Education Program for Unmarried Parents.  Robert Wood, Quinn Moore, Alexandra Killewald, Andrew Clarkwest, Shannon Monahan.


10:15-11:45 am.  What’s New in Relationship Education for Teens and Young Adults?  Chair/Moderator Jennifer Kerpelman.

  • “Relationship Smart” Youth: A Statewide Study of Relationship Education for High School Students. Jennifer Kerpelman
  • The Case For Relationship Education in Adolescence and Emerging Adtulhood and Initial Data on Effectiveness. Frank Fincham
  • Relationship Education for At-Risk Youth: A Randomized Controlled Trial of the “Love Notes” Curriculum. Becky Antle
  • Relationship Education for Young People: Where We Are and Where We Need to Go. Kay Reed.

3:30pm-5:00pm  Spouses, Partners, and Family as Caregivers in Chronic Illness: Implications for Health Care Reform  Moderator/Discussant Theodora Ooms

  • Couples Adaptation to Chronic Illness: The Importance of Effective Communication. Laura Porter
  • Diet-Related Interactions of Patients with Diabetes and Their Spouses. Melissa Franks
  • Couples and Chronic Illness: Relationship Matters as a Model Relationship Enrichment Program. Kimberly Koch
  • Spouses, Partners and Other Family Caregivers of Persons with Chronic Illness: What Are the Issues? Suzanne Mintz.