Practice & Policy Lecture Series
Provided by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services
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The Practice and Policy Lecture Series has been developed to provide thought-provoking presentations on Oklahoma's emerging policy issues, trends and best practices. The series is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management with the goal of providing the best educational opportunities available in a forum that offers participants an opportunity to question, share and learn from each other.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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Mon., Dec. 8, 2008, Noon to 1 p.m.

Why Marriage Matters to Children
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Dr. Paul Amato, Professor of Sociology, Demography and Family Studies
Pennsylvania State University

During the last decade, the question of how divorce affects children has continued to attract a great deal of scholarly attention. In this talk, I will summarize some of the most important, recent work from the fields of sociology, psychology, demography, and economics. Topics will include changes in the rate of divorce, genetic influences on divorce, variations in children’s reactions to divorce, informal versus formal divorces and changes in law and social policy.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Paul Amato is a Professor of Sociology, Demography and Family Studies at Pennsylvania State University. His research interests include marital quality, the causes and consequences of divorce and subjective well-being over the life course.

He has published more than 100 journal articles and book chapters, along with four books, including (with Alan Booth) A Generation at Risk: Growing Up in An Era of Family Upheaval, which was published by Harvard University Press in 1997.

He received the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations for the best published article on the family in 1993, 1999 and 2001. He received the Stanley Cohen Distinguished Research Award from the American Association of Family and Conciliation Courts in 2002, the Distinction in the Social Sciences Award from Pennsylvania State University in 2003 and the Distinguished Career Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association in 2006.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2015
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