UWSC and UW Faculty Partner in UW2020 Pilot Study: Wisconsin Study of Family Complexity and Public Policy

Lonnie Berger, Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Professor of Social Work, and Nora Cate Schaeffer, Faculty Director of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center and Sewell Bascom Professor of Sociology are co-Principal Investigators in the Wisconsin Study of Family Complexity and Public Policy. This pilot project is designed to document the reality of complex families: who lives there, who visits, and how resources are shared. Three interviews over 12 months with 250 Wisconsin mothers in complex families will record the multiple ways they share resources, creating a picture of who lives in the family, how they are related and how they help one another. This pilot study will set the stage for a much larger longitudinal study of family complexity and generate implications for family policies targeting those most at risk. Berger and Schaeffer are joined by co-investigators Maria Cancian, Professor of Public Affairs and Social Work, Marcia J. Carlson, Professor of Sociology, and Daniel R. Meyer, Professor of Social Work.

More details can be found here: https://research.wisc.edu/resfunding/uw2020-initiative/round-1/berger-complex-families/