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

Fifteen Years of Fragile Families Fuels Wide Range of Research
Princeton University interviewed Sara McLanahan, Christina Paxson, and Daniel Notterman about the Fragile Families Study, which “has inspired numerous new scholars — in sociology, demography, economics, psychology and the biomedical sciences — to focus their research on child wellbeing.”

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.


Employment Opportunities

We are seeking a postdoctoral research associate and a visiting research scholar for the 2016-2017 academic year. See the opportunities page for details.


What's Happening at CRCW

February 12th Sara McLanahan will present at a Capitol Hill Briefing "The American Working Class: Mobility, Family Change and Child Well-Being" in Washington D.C. as part of an expert panel. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

March 3rd Fragile Families Working Group Seminar "Understanding Child Support Payment Trajectories" by Irv Garfinkel, Laurel Sariscsany & Lenna Nepomnyaschy

March 10th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar "Physical Environment and Early Delinquency" by Sarah Gold and Lenna Nepomnyaschy

April 7th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar, title TBD, by Michael MacKenzie

April 14th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar "Sleep Duration, Behavior Problems, and Children’s Telomere Length" by Sarah James

May 12th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar "The Stress of Instability: Childhood Experiences of Instability and Consequences for Health" by Lauren Gaydosh






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