Compared to other high-income countries, the prevalence of pregnancy loss is high in the USA. However, the impact of pregnancy loss is not evenly spread among women and families. For example, women of minority backgrounds, such as African American women, immigrants, and other ethnic and religious minority groups, experience a higher pregnancy loss rate. Research suggests that pregnancy loss increases the risk of psychological trauma, especially where there is no support or openness about pregnancy loss.
Research into pregnancy loss is necessary because of its devastating impact on...Read more
Our affiliates enthusiastically participate in the ongoing life and mission of the Center for Research on Families. Current affiliates include the 70+ faculty alumni of our innovative Family Research Scholars program, more than one hundred student recipients of our awards and grants program for graduates and undergraduates, and dozens of other UMass, Five Colleges, regional and national faculty from across a variety of disciplines. All affiliates share a common link—research interests and specializations that focus on the myriad disciplines relevant to family life, and a willingness to contribute their energy and vitality to the Center's overarching mission.
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