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Photo of Dr. William Mills-Koonce.Dr. William Mills-Koonce (Human Development and Family Studies) received a continuation of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the project “Integrating Demography and Biosocial Stress Models of LGBTI Family Formation.” Although there  is very high interest in the demography and welfare of families headed by lesbian and gay (LG) parents, there is currently very limited longitudinal research on LG families or the transition to LG parenthood, the abstract notes. “The current research will use both secondary data  analyses of longitudinal national datasets such as the U.S. Census and American Community Survey to examine within-state changes in rates of LG family structures over the past 10 years and how these changes correlate with state-level sociopolitical climates and public policies pertinent to LG family formation. This will be followed by a pilot study that will explicitly examine how sociopolitical and  ecological factors are associated with decisions regarding family formation and  LG family functioning as mediated by individual mental health, relationship stability and stress load.”

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