Parent child health across the transition to adulthood

Dr. Corinne Reczek, Department of Sociology
Rank at time of Award: Assistant Professor
The goal of the proposed study is to develop an integrated theoretical framework and empirical analysis detailing how the health of parents and children are related as children age from adolescence through emerging adulthood and into young adulthood. This IPR pilot study will lay the foundational groundwork for a future multimethod NICHD R01 study. Both the pilot and R01 study will utilize survey data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) 79 cohort of mothers and their children (NLSY79-young adult cohort). These data allow for the linking of both mothers’ and each of their children’s health and well-being longitudinally over time, pivotal to study aims. The pilot and R01 study will further build on the quantitative analysis with the collection of a large scale, longitudinal, qualitative multi-family member interview dataset. This dataset will give new insight into the processes through which intergenerational ties shape both generations’ health (Johnson et al., 2007). These pilot quantitative and qualitative efforts are necessary to show feasibility, appropriateness, and importance of this project for the NICHD R01. The pilot data will also show the PI is the ideal scholar to conduct this study. An analytical view of unfolding tandem life course processes as children age from adolescence to adulthood is an essential step toward explaining both parents’ and children’s health and well-being, in line with NICHD’s goals.

Publications resulting from this seed grant:

Liu, H., Reczek, C., Wilkinson, L. (Eds) (In press, expected 2020) “A new era of family health: The well-being of sexual minority couples” Routledge.

2019. Reczek, C., Thomeer, M., Gebhart-Kram, L.*, Umberson, D. (In Press) “Go See Somebody: How Spouses Promote Mental Health Care" Society and Mental Health

2019. Paine, E., Umberson, D., Reczek C. "Sex in Midlife: Women’s Sexual Experiences in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Marriages” Journal of Marriage and Family, 81, 7-23. PMCID: PMC6605066 

2019. Thomas, P., Lodge, A. and Reczek C. “Do Support and Strain with Adult Children Affect Mothers’ and Fathers’ Physical Activity?” Research on Aging, 41, 164-185.

2019. Bosley-Smith, E.* and Reczek, C. “Before and After "I Do": Marriage Processes for Mid-Life Gay and Lesbian Married Couples,” Journal of Homosexuality, 65(14), 1985-2004. PMCID:PMC6219458

2018. Reczek, C., Gebhart-Kram, L*, Kissling, A.*, Umberson, D. “Healthcare Work in Marriage: How Gay, Lesbian, and Heterosexual Spouses Support and Coerce Medical Care”, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 59, 4: 554-568. PMCID: PMC6457110 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2020. Brown, D., Reczek, C., Liu, H. “Serious Mental Illness in Same-Sex and Different-Sex Unions” in Same-sex Unions, Health, and Well-Being” Hiu Liu et al, Eds. Routledge. 

2020. Fenelon, A., Dragon, C., Reczek, C., Liu, H. “Same-sex Unions and Adult Mortality Risk” in Sam -sex Unions, Health, and well-Being. Hiu Liu et al, Eds. Routledge. 

2018. Donnelly, R* , Reczek, C  and Umberson. D. “What We Know (And Don’t Know) About the Bereavement Experiences of Same-Sex Spouses.” LGBTQ Divorce and Relationship Dissolution: Psychological and Legal Perspectives and Implications for Practice. A.E. Goldberg and A. Romero (Eds). Oxford University Press