University of ArizonaNorton School of Family and Consumer Sciences

Family studies picking up a lot of momentum in rural communities

We have seen the science of studying families evolve from Home Economics, Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Ecology to Family Studies. You may remember taking ‘Home Ec.' or ‘FACS' in middle and high school, however, this discipline is much more than cooking and sewing. In fact, historically, home economists have contributed and played a role specifically during the progressive era. More specifically in the earlier years of the 20th century, home economists contributed greatly to research and development in the areas of hygiene, medicine, child development, family health, family planning/economics (Brumberg and Weiss, 1998).

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