9th Annual De Jong Lecture on Social Demography

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 8:30am to 12:30pm

Well-Being in Same-Sex Relationships

Lead Speaker
Wendy Manning, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Co-Director, National Center for Family and Marriage Research, Bowling Green State University  

Recently, major shifts in the legal and social context surrounding same-sex relationships have occurred. The social acceptance and support for same-sex couples has skyrocketed such that the majority of Americans support same-sex marriage, and the legal system has been transformed with over 40% of the population living in states with same-sex marriage. While these changes have been rapidly underway there has been growing scholarly attention to the well-being of children and adults in same-sex parent families. Dr. Manning will review recent research on child and adult well-being as well as new findings related to the relationship stability of same-sex couples. Concluding comments will focus on challenges and opportunities for new research on same-sex relationships in the United States. 

Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Clark University

Tim Biblarz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, University of Southern California

The conference is free for all attendees.


8:30     Check-in; Coffee available

9:00     Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10     Dr. Wendy Manning

10:00   Break

10:10   Dr. Abbie Goldberg

             Dr. Tim Biblarz

11:00   Open Discussion

11:45   Reception

Parking is available in the Nittany Parking Deck next to the Nittany Lion Inn. However, students are not allowed to park in the deck.

Event Location: 
Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom
Contact Name: 
Carolyn Scott
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