Michigan Family Review is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication focusing on professional application and scholarly inquiry. MFR is published once a year with each volume highlighting a single theme. More...

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  • Gloria Albrecht (University of Detroit Mercy)
  • Gary Bischof (Western Michigan University)
  • Thomas W. Blume (Oakland University)
  • Katie Bozek (Transitions Therapy, PLLC)
  • Clifford Broman (Michigan State University)
  • Kathleen Burns-Jager (Michigan State University)
  • Heather E. Dillaway (Wayne State University)
  • Karen Erlandson (Albion College)
  • Sharon Lindhorst Everhardt (Troy University)
  • Roy Gerard (Michigan State University)
  • Chris Latty (Central Michigan University)
  • Carey Wexler Sherman (University of Michigan)

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Volume 19 (2015) Current Issue

The Contact Hypothesis and Millennial Evangelical Protestants’ Attitudes toward Same-Sex Families

Elisha Marr

Research regarding attitudes towards same-sex couples and their creation of families has identified a few trends including: 1) Millennials are the generation most likely to have favorable views of same-sex families, 2) evangelical Protestants are the religious group least likely to be supportive, and 3) people who have contact with lesbian women, gay men, bisexual, and queer identified people (LGBQ) are more likely to support their coupling and family creation. Millennial evangelical Protestants (MEP) were surveyed about their attitudes towards same-sex headed families to learn whether their attitudes were more consistent with their age or religious affiliation and whether contact with LGBQ people had any influence on their opinions. It was found that although there are a portion of MEPs who feel positively about same-sex families, a notable and often larger portion consider same-sex relationships to be wrong and are not supportive of legislation that promotes same-sex families. However, it was also found that contact with LGBQ individuals increased favorable attitudes toward same-sex families, and knowing someone in a same-sex relationship has a greater impact on attitudes than only knowing someone who is LGBQ. These findings have important implications for the future of MEPs’ relationships with the church.

The Accuracy of Lay Estimates of Abortion Rates and the Demographic, Attitudinal, and Behavioral Sources of Variation in these Estimates

Eric Beasley and Dilshani Sarathchandra

Abortion is a topic and practice with deep socio-political undergirding. While research on attitudes toward abortions is prevalent, less is known about perceptions of the frequency of abortion in the general population. Using primary data gathered from an online survey of students, faculty and staff of two public universities in the U.S., we found that people generally underestimate the percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion. We discuss this finding and the role of demographic, attitudinal, and behavioral variables in the abortion estimates made by respondents. Additionally, we discuss the implications of these findings, taking into consideration the societal effects of a potential correction of the underestimation of abortion rates.

Compensating Nuclear Weapons Workers and Their Survivors: The Case of Fernald

Patricia K. Cianciolo

Nuclear power plant disasters in recent history have had significant global, environmental, health, and social consequences. Compensation systems have been designed and are required by plants that have had such disasters to mitigate the risks and deleterious effects of the industry world-wide. The large-scale production of nuclear weapons that occurred in the United States during the Cold War also created additional consequences for plant workers, their families, and the communities where facilities were located. The Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act (EEOICPA) was legislated by Congress in 2000 to remunerate workers and/or their survivors for risks associated with exposure while employed. Fernald, located northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio, was the location of one of several hundred plant facilities throughout the U.S. that aided in nuclear weapons production. This small exploratory case study examined how former Fernald workers and their family members experienced the legal application and/or determination process in order to receive compensation for past risks. Social justice implications are discussed in the conclusions, as well as directions for future research.