Welcome to the CRCW

The Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (CRCW) is an interdisciplinary center at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Our mission is to stimulate basic research, educate faculty and students about issues related to children's policies, and influence policymakers and practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels. read more

In the News

Research Suggests Moynihan Was Right
Nicholas Kristof, in an op-ed for the New York Times about how poor policy decisions have affected children and families, cited an article by Sara McLanahan and her colleague from Harvard, Christopher Jencks to emphasize the effects of father absence on children.

“Multirole” Parenting Increases Depression, Especially Among Stepfathers
The Deseret News and Medical Daily interviewed Garrett Pace, research specialist at CRCW, about his newly published research on parenting and depression. “They want to be good parents, but the family complexity and lack of norms to navigate their family relationships might contribute to poorer mental health.”

The Shocking Number of Moms Who Move In With Others, and How Much Money They Save
The Wonkblog of the Washington Post has featured an article published in Demography by Natasha Pilkauskas, Irwin Garfinkel and Sara McLanahan. Half of the families in the study had doubled-up at least once, saving them more than $4,000 on average per year. Doubling-up also plays a role in childhood food insecurity according to the most recent Future of Children research report.

The Unbelievable Rise of Single Motherhood in America
The Wonkblog of the Washington Post and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University have featured an article published in Education Next by Sara McLanahan and her co-author Christopher Jencks. What happens to the children of unmarried mothers?

What's Happening at CRCW

December 10th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar "Chaotic Environments and Their Influence on Child Behavioral and Cognitive Outcomes" by Daniel Bell

December 17th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar "The Effects of Public Transfers on the Health and Well-being of Fragile Families" by Lorenzo Almada






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