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Welcome to the Maryland Population Research Center

"Drawing together leading scholars from diverse disciplines to support, produce, and promote population-related research of the highest scientific merit."

SOCN Network Overview

Potential Network of Social Observatories


Kinship support for young children of single mothers

Led by Sandra Hofferth, the Social Observatories Coordinating Network has drawn together a distinguished group of social scientists and policymakers to plan for collecting national social and economic information on populations whose health, mobility, and overall wellbeing are dependent on where they live. Sangeetha Madhavan and colleagues will initiate a pilot study to assess the feasibility of a new survey instrument to collect data on kinship support for young children of single mothers living in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. Kinship support is potentially declining due to certain processes under way in many African contexts.

The Center’s research focuses on four key areas: Gender, Family, and Social Change; Health in Social Context; Social and Economic Inequality; and People and Place. Learn more about the types of projects being conducted in these thematic areas by clicking on one of the research profiles above.