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

How the Great Recession Increased Domestic Abuse
Bloomberg highlighted a recently published study by Daniel Schneider, Kristen Harknett, and Sara McLanahan. They found that rapid increases in the unemployment rate increased men's controlling behaviors toward their romantic partners.

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.”


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

April 7th Fragile Families Working Group Seminar, "Beyond the social context: Thinking about child contributions in transactional models of development" 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 "Consequences of special education on self-esteem and academics" by Leah Gillion






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