Research links gratitude to positive marital outcomes

October 21, 2015. In a study published in the journal Personal Relationships, Allen Barton, along with co-authors Ted Futris and Robb Neilsen, finds that when couples are engaging in a negative conflict pattern like demand/withdrawal, expressions of gratitude and appreciation can counteract or buffer the negative effects of this type of interaction on marital stability.  The original press release, was one of UGA's top releases in 2015 with over 645 mentions in the media (ad value of $1.53 million), including outlets such as The Today Show, Yahoo News, Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Daily Mail, Glamour Online, Good Day Atlanta, USA Today. Discover UGA listed it as one of the most-read stories from UGA's digital network in 2015!

FACS directs $8.2 million grant to support Georgia families

October 6, 2015. Led by Dr. Ted Futris, a team of researchers from the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, School of Social Work, and the College of Education, received an $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to improve the lives of children and families in the child welfare system in Georgia. The project will focus on creating positive and stable homes through the integration of research-based services designed to improve healthy marriage and relationship skills and promote economic stability.

CURO research under way for FACS undergrads

September 24, 2015. Avery Campbell is one of eight UGA students paired with FACS faculty mentors as part of the CURO (Center for Undergraduate Research) assistantship program. Avery, a Psychology Major also pursuing a Minor in Human Development and Family Science, will be working with Dr. Ted Futris to examine the formal and informal sources of support that foster parents report having in their lives and how these sources of support relate to their relationship efficacy as well as their relationship and co-parenting quality.

Researchers analyze factors affecting maternal identity

September 9, 2015. Jacquelyn Mallette, along with co-authors Ted Futris, Geoffrey Brown and Assaf Oshri, report that mother’s maternal identity is closely linked to the relationship she has with her child’s father as well as his involvement pre- and post-birth. The new study, “The Influence of Father Involvement and Interparental Relationship Quality on Adolescent Mothers' Maternal Identity,” was published in the journal Family Relations.

Informing evidence-based relationship education

August 1, 2015. Dr. Ted Futris, Jacquelyn Mallette, and Evin Richardson co-authored a chapter entitled "Relationship and Marriage Education Program Design and Implementation" in the recently released book "Evidence-based Approaches to Relationship and Marriage Education." Published by Routledge, this is the first book to provide a comprehesive, multidisciplinary overview of best practices for designing, implementing, and evaluating effective RME programs to better prepare professionals to teach clients how to develop and maintain healthy intimate relationships.

FACS researchers honored at AAFCS Conference

July 6th, 2015. Dr. Melissa Wilmarth, who received both her master's and Ph.D. from the FHCE department and is now an assistant professor at the University of Alabama College of Human Environmental Sciences, received a Best Paper Award in Human Development and Family Studies from the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) for an article she co-wrote with FACS faculty members Robert Nielsen and Ted Futris entitled "Financial Wellness and Relationship Satisfaction: Does Communication Mediate?" The article was published in The Family & Consumer Sciences Research Journal.

FACS celebrates success at college awards assembly

April 29, 2015. During The College of Family and Consumer Sciences annual awards ceremony, Dr. Ted Futris was honored with the Bill and June Flatt Outstanding Exension and Outreach Award.

Study: couple connectedness can be protective factor

March 10, 2015. Allen Barton, along with co-authors Ted Futris and Robb Nielsen, report that married couples can protect their relationship against the strains of financial distress and other stressors by connecting as a couple with others and their community. The study, titled “With a little help from our friends: Couple social integration in marriage,” was published in the Journal of Family Psychology.