Vulnerable Families

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Vulnerable Families

Research on vulnerable children and families has been central to our work since the inception of the Carsey Institute in 2004. Core to the work of the Vulnerable Families Research Program is an understanding of how families are faring economically across the nation, within regions, states, and across rural, suburban, and urban places. We pay particular attention to trends in child poverty rates, social safety net usage, and making work pay. We coordinate with external researchers, policy makers, advocates, and practitioners “on the ground” to ensure that our research is timely and relevant. Our accessible analyses are widely read by legislators and their staff, child and family advocates, practitioners, academics, and the media, and we frequently deliver presentations to a wide range of audiences.

Research

News

UNH Finds Child Poverty Continues to Decline Nationwide

Beth Mattingly, Andrew Schaefer, Jessica Carson
September 14, 2017

Child poverty rates in NH at lowest point since 2007 - NH1 News

Beth Mattingly, Andrew Schaefer, Jessica Carson
September 14, 2017

Childhood Poverty is Down in New Hampshire, But Pockets of Poverty Persist - NHPR

Beth Mattingly, Andrew Schaefer, Jessica Carson
September 14, 2017

Works in Progress

The Vulnerable Families Research Program’s research centers on the social and economic conditions and policies that impact families and children. Much of our work is documenting trends in poverty and understanding the effects of existing and proposed social policy on safety net programs like food stamps, tax credits and health insurance. Other projects focus on employment, including the role of work in rural families’ lives and the impact of parents’ employment and income on children’s outcomes. Our work considers demographic differences typically exploring how findings vary by place (e.g., rural, suburban, or urban location) and across race/ethnicity.

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Research Experts

Director of Research on Vulnerable Families

Vulnerable Families Research Scientist

Family Demographer

Vulnerable Families Research Associate

Senior Demographer

Research Associate Professor of Sociology, Crimes against Children Research Center
Faculty Fellow

Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology

Doctoral Student, Department of Sociology

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology
Faculty Fellow

Professor, Department of Psychology
Master in Public Policy Faculty
Senior Faculty Fellow

Research Director, AGree
Senior Fellow

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Master in Public Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow

Program Team Leader, Community and Economic Development, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
Carsey School Faculty
Faculty Fellow

Vulnerable Families and Evaluation Program Research Associate

Associate Professor, Department of Education
Master in Pubilc Policy Faculty
Faculty Fellow

Director, Master in Public Policy
Professor Emerita of Sociology
Senior Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor, Department of Social Work
Faculty Fellow

Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
Senior Faculty Fellow