Family & Children

Cornell has an outstanding reputation in the area of family demography, child development, and family policy. This reputation was fortified with University funding for the Evolving Family theme project, led by former CPC Director H. Elizabeth Peters. CPC affiliate research focusing on families and children includes:


  • Patterns of marriage and cohabitation
  • Transition to fatherhood
  • Child care as social and economic infrastructure
  • Career impact of family-friendly personnel policies
  • The role of grandparents in the lives of adolescent children
  • Child abuse and violence
  • Welfare reform, tax policies, and single parent families
  • Dynamics of care giving for elderly relatives
  • Intergenerational relationships and retirement
  • Retirement and residential change
  • Fertility, schooling trends, and socio-economic change in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social change and intergenerational relationships in Southeast Asia
  • Social class and family planning in India
Cornell Population Center