The landscape of family life is ever changing. The strategies needed to maintain family economic stability, health and general well-being vary across space and place. Although the rural-urban divide is often portrayed as the most important geographic distinction, there is tremendous diversity across rural communities. Contrary to some depictions, families in rural areas come from diverse backgrounds. Further, some rural areas are resource constrained while others host opportunities that can support healthy families and child well-being. The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges facing families in rural areas and the unique strategies invoked by families in rural areas today. For more information and to register visit 2018 Family Symposium.
The Symposium on Family Issues is sponsored annually by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
Penn State sponsors include Social Science Research Institute; Population Research Institute; Department of Sociology & Criminology; Department of Human Development & Family Studies; Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, & Education; Department of Psychology; Clinical & Translational Science Institute; Child Study Center; and Prevention Research Center.