We are grateful to many organizations and people for their assistance in both developing the symposium and pulling together this edited volume. We are indebted to the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for their support of the symposium series. We thank many units at Penn State for their assistance, including the Population Research Institute, the Consortium for Children, Youth, and Families, the Prevention Research Center, the College of Agricultural Sciences, the Center for Human Development and Family Research in Diverse Contexts, Dickinson School of Law, the Departments of Human Development and Family Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, and Labor Studies and Industrial Relations, the Crime, Law, and Justice Program, and the Women's Studies Program.
A lively, interdisciplinary group of scholars from across the Penn State campus meets with us each year to generate topics for the next symposia. We are grateful for their rich reservoir of ideas and their enthusiasm. We are also grateful for the intellectual guidance and support of Christine Bachrach, our program officer at NICHD. The contributions of Cassie Johnstonbaugh, Erin Lesser, Diane Mattern, Kris McNeel, Sherry Yocum, and Kim Zimmerman in assisting with the administration of the symposium were invaluable. Special thanks to our colleagues Robert Shoen, Sal Oropesa, Mark Greenberg, and Rukmalie Jayakody for presiding over the four sessions and for steering discussion in stimulating directions.
—Ann C. Crouter