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

Social Disadvantage Creates Genetic Wear and Tear
Daniel Notterman and Colter Mitchell discuss their newest article in The Athlete's Way blog in Psychology Today. "We can pay now, or we can pay more later. But we will pay for the effects of early life disadvantage at some point."

Stress Alters Children's Genomes
Nature magazine interviews CRCW Research Associate Daniel Notterman, whose collaborative research with several CRCW Research Associates and colleagues (Colter Mitchell, John Hobcraft, Sara McLanahan, Susan Rutherford Siegel, Arthur Berg, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn and Irwin Garfinkel) suggests that poverty and unstable family environments shorten chromosome-protecting telomeres in nine-year-olds. This research is also featured by Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School News.

Parents Helping With Homework Might Not Improve Academic Results
The Telegraph highlights a book, co-authored by CRCW Research Associate Angel Harris, which finds no clear connection between parental involvement and improved student performance.

Sociology: The Most Fragile Families
Princeton Alumni Weekly interviews CRCW Director Sara McLanahan about what it means for a child in America to be born to unwed parents. “There’s an enormous amount of instability and complexity in the lives of these families.”

What's Happening at CRCW

May 15th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar by Mike MacKenzie (Title To Be Announced)

May 22nd Fragile Families Working Group Seminar "Mass Imprisonment and the Intergenerational Transmission of Disadvantage: Paternal Incarceration and Children's Cognitive Skill Development" by Anna Haskins




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