News Category: family wellbeing

Cynthia Osborne Profiled by UT System's Texas Health Journal

Nov. 1, 2018

The University of Texas System's Population Health division talked to CFRP director and LBJ School of Public Affairs scholar, Dr. Cynthia Osborne, about her work and motivations for the October issue on child welfare of the well known Texas Health Journal.

New Project: Families’ Experiences with Texas Family Courts

Oct. 22, 2018

Family court cases, including divorce and custody issues, account for approximately one-half of all civil cases in Texas. Research has repeatedly demonstrated the negative effects of divorce on children, yet little is known about how the family court system minimizes or exacerbates child trauma from divorce.

Family Connects: Connecting Families with Community Services in Central Texas

Sept. 1, 2018

Family Connects supports newborns and their families by functioning as a screening and triage tool to identify families in need of support and connect them with resources in the community. The goal of the program is to visit with every family in their home after the birth of a new baby. During the visit, a nurse assesses the family's strengths and needs, provides support and guidance, and also connects the family with community services based on the family’s specific needs and preferences.

New Brief: Fatherhood In Texas

June 12, 2018

The state of Texas recognizes the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children and families. Involved fatherhood is linked to better outcomes on nearly every measure of child wellbeing from cognitive and emotional development and academic success, to reduced delinquency, and improved mental health.

Osborne Paper on the Impact of Shifting Family Dynamics on Child Wellbeing

Jan. 5, 2017

The increasing rates of divorce, remarriage, and single parenting over the past half-century have dramatically impacted the nature of family structure and child wellbeing. CFRP director and LBJ professor Dr. Cynthia Osborne and her colleague Dr.

Today's Fathers

June 17, 2016

Our expectations of fathers have changed over time, for the better. Though the father’s role in child-rearing has traditionally been understood solely in terms of financial support, research now shows that fathers’ involvement in their children’s lives is critical to healthy child development. The Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) aims to better understand the role that fathers play in shaping their child’s health and wellbeing through rigorous research focused on fathers.

NPR Interview: How America's Child Support System Failed to Keep Up with the Times

Nov. 19, 2015

CFRP director Cynthia Osborne's interview with NPR for their new series on the child support system in the U.S. Dr. Osborne adeptly explains the initial goals of the system and how we got to where we are today.

NPR Interview: How America's Child Support System Failed To Keep Up With The Times

The Raising of America: Early Childhood and the Future of our Nation

Oct. 16, 2015

The U.S. is a can-do nation. So why has child wellbeing in the U.S. fallen to 26th out of 29 nations? How does what Paul Kershaw calls the “growing squeeze” on parents and caregivers for time, money, and resources alter the architecture of the developing brain of our infants? What are the potential consequences for individual learning, earning, and mental and physical health? For the future health, prosperity, and equity of the nation? And how might we do better?

CFRP Paper: Understanding Today's Changing Families, Family Court Review

April 20, 2015

More than 40% of children in the US are now born outside of marriage. While their unmarried parents may have high expectations for the future, they are particularly vulnerable to financial and relationship instability. CFRP's Cynthia Osborne and Nora Ankrum explore this issue in newly published paper, "Understanding Today's Changing Families," Family Court Review.

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