Symposium on Family Issues

When Oct 07, 2013
from 08:30 AM to 06:00 PM
Where Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom
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October 7, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

October 8, 2013

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

Penn State’s 21st Annual Symposium on Family Issues

Diverging Destinies: Families in an Era of Increasing Inequality

The diverging destinies of children have been unfolding within the context of three decades of growing economic inequality in the U.S. Moreover, the Great Recession, which began in December 2007, increased economic hardship for millions of families. Although it ended officially in June 2009, rates of child poverty and unemployment, particularly among young adults, remain higher today than they had been a few years earlier.

This symposium will address how children, young adults, parents, and families are faring in an era of increasing social inequality. The sessions will focus on social class differences in family demographic trends, the consequences of growing inequality for parenting and child development, the consequences of growing inequality for the transition to adulthood, and effective program and policy responses to address these problems.

A complete program and registration is available at:

For more information, contact Carolyn Scott