IRP Working Conference on Multiple-Partner Fertility

September 14-15, 2006, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Please note: Conference papers and presentations will be available on this Web site in fall 2007.

In fall 2006, IRP held a multidisciplinary working conference on multiple-partner fertility. The conference featured scholars at the University of Wisconsin and across the country who are documenting family complexity and multiple-partner fertility and examining the implications for the design of income-support policy, family policy, and family law.

The conference also addressed some fundamental methodological issues, including sampling ramifications and the implications of family complexity for the design of surveys and use of administrative data systems. Areas of high priority for future analysis were discussed, with particular attention to evaluations of the potential effects of healthy marriage initiatives and child support innovations on future levels of family complexity.

The organizers were Maria Cancian, IRP Director and Professor of Public Policy and Social Work, and Daniel Meyer, Professor of Social Work, IRP Affiliate, and Director of the School of Social Work.

Funding for the conference was provided by the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

IRP Working Conference on Multiple-Partner Fertility
University of Wisconsin–Madison
September 14–15, 2006
THURSDAY, September 14, 2006
8:00 pm Session 1: Research on Complicated Families and Multiple-Partner Fertility: Foundations and Future Directions
  What's Old and New about Multiple-Partner Fertility?
Elizabeth Thomson, University of Wisconsin–Madison
FRIDAY, September 15, 2006
8:30-9:45 am Session 2: Multi-Partnered Fertility and Fathers
  Multi-Partnered Fertility among American Men
Karen B. Guzzo, Lehigh University, and Frank Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania
  Social Fathers, Marriage, and Child Protective Services Involvement: Evidence from the Illinois Families Study
Lonnie Berger and Kristin Slack, University of Wisconsin–Madison
9:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:45 Session 3: Effects of Multiple-Partner Fertility
  More Kin, Less Support: Multipartnered Fertility and Perceived Support among Mothers
Kristin Harknett, University of Pennsylvania, and Jean Knab, Princeton University
  Complex Families, Multiple Partner Fertility, and Families Across Households: Implications for Marriage Promotion Efforts
Rukmalie Jayakody, Penn State University, and Kristin Seefeldt, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  The Consequences of Multi-Partnered Fertility for Parental Involvement and Relationships
Marcia Carlson, Columbia University, and Frank Furstenberg, University of Pennsylvania
12:30-1:45 pm Session 4: Multi-Partnered Fertility and Child Support Policy
  Child Support Guidelines and Complicated Families: An Analysis of Cross-State Variation in Legal Treatment of Multiple-Partner Fertility
Tonya Brito, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  Alternative Approaches to Child Support Policy in the Context of Multiple-Partner Fertility
Maria Cancian and Daniel Meyer, University of Wisconsin–Madison
1:45-2:00 Break
2:00-3:45 Session 5: Assessing Current Research and Looking Ahead
  Implications for Demography and Research on the Family
Dan Lichter, Cornell University
  Implications for Data and Measurement
Nora Cate Schaeffer, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  Implications for Policy
Matt Stagner, Urban Institute