Penn State Family Relationships Project
General Information about the Family Relationships Project
The Penn State Family Relationships Project is a set of studies, funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, that seeks to understand the family context of socialization in middle childhood and adolescence. We are currently conducting three studies:
- a ten-year longitudinal study of European-American families;
- a three-year longitudinal study of African-American families; and,
- a cross-sectional study of Mexican-American families (in collaboration with Arizona State University).
In each study, we gather information on the perspectives and experiences of four family members—mothers, fathers, and two adolescent siblings—and pay close attention to the familial and extra-familial context, especially those features pertaining to parents' work and family roles.
Additional Funding Obtained to Continue Study of Young Adult Development
We recently received additional funding to continue to follow the European American families who first participated in the Family Relationships Project in 1995. The siblings, who were 8-10 years old when they first joined our study, are now young adults. The purpose of this new project is to study development in young adulthood, including the role of family experiences in young adults' choices about and adjustment in romantic relationships and in their education and employment.
To learn more about why young adulthood is an important developmental period, visit the two websites:
We hope to be able to talk to members from each of the 200 participating families. Some of you may have already heard about our follow-up study from the most recent newsletter. If you would like more information about the new study, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-865-0095. We would love to hear from you!