The Center for Families consists of faculty, staff and other passionate individuals who come together to promote the idea of family, no matter how traditional or diverse it may be. The research conducted at the Center for Families assists state and local policymakers, employers, and others make proactive changes to improve lives. Below are publications that include current research and findings from the Center for Families at Purdue University.

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Manuscripts from 2010

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Head Start: It Works for Indiana Children and Families!, Jennifer Dobbs-Oates, James Elicker, and Volker Thomas

Manuscripts from 2004

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Explaining the gender gap in help to parents: The importance of employment, Naomi Gerstel and Natalia Sarkisian

Manuscripts from 2003

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The Effect of Changes in Tax Policy on Indiana Families, Michele M. Tomarelli, Shelley M. MacDermid, and Rebecca Sero Lynn

Manuscripts from 2002

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Ensuring the Health of Long-Term Care: Policy Options, Shelley M. MacDermid, Beckie Adams, Kathy Byers, and Betty Krejci

Manuscripts from 2001

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Enhancing the Educational Experience: Policy Alternatives, Shelley M. MacDermid, Kathy Byers, and Betty Krejci

Manuscripts from 2000

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Middle School Violence - Keeping Students Safe, Shelley M. MacDermid and Kathy Byers

Manuscripts from 1999

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Healthy Environments for Young Children, Shelley M. MacDermid

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Evaluation of the Indiana Child Care Financing Initiative, Douglas R. Powell, Fiona Innes, and Amanda Wilcox-Herzog

Manuscripts from 1998

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Clinton County Child Care Needs Assessment, James Elicker, Aprile Benner, Georgia Hahn, Jodie Hertzog, and Katherine Kensinger

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Focus Report, Laura E. Hess

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Measures of Individual Functioning: Stress and Self-Esteem, Katie Kensinger and Shelley M. MacDermid

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For the Greater Good: Contributions of the School of Consumer & Family Sciences at Purdue University to Family Well-Being, Susan Kontos and Shelley M. MacDermid

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Improvising New Careers: Accommodation, Elaboration, & Transformation, Mary D. Lee and Shelley M. MacDermid

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Work/Life: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?, Shelley M. MacDermid

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Benchmarks in Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention Programs: A Review of the Literature, Philip Mamalakis and Shelley M. MacDermid

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Child Care: It's Good Business. The Indiana Tool-Kit for Employers and Community Planners, Elizabeth Windecker-Nelson and Shelley M. MacDermid