Faculty Associates

Kenneth F. Ferraro

Contact Information
Email: ferraro |at| purdue.edu
Office: HNLY 310-J Map
Phone: (765) 494-6388
Fax: (765) 494-2180
Homepage: Homepage
Director, Center on Aging and the Life Course
Distinguished Professor of Sociology

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Education


Ph.D. University of Akron Sociology 1981

Research Interests


Life course inequality, minority health, obesity and health, religion and health

Teaching Interests


Health and aging, medical sociology, longitudinal data analysis, minority health

Grants


National Institute on Aging
National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities
AARP Andrus Foundation

Publications


Ferraro, Kenneth F. and Lindsay R. Wilkinson. 2014. "Alternative Measures of Self-Rated Health for Predicting Mortality: Is Past or Future Orientation More Important?" The Gerontologist 54 (in press).

Kim, Seoyoun and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2014. "Do Productive Activities Reduce Inflammation in Later Life? Multiple Roles, Frequency of Activities, and C-reactive Protein," The Gerontologist 54 (in press).

Schafer, Markus H., Patricia M. Morton, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2014. "Child Maltreatment and Adult Health in a National Sample: Heterogeneous Relational Contexts, Divergent Effects?" Child Abuse & Neglect 38: (in press).

Chen, Aleda, Karen S. Yehle, Nancy M. Albert, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Holly L. Mason, Matthew M. Murawski, and Kimberly S. Plake. 2014. "Relationships Between Health Literacy and Heart Failure Knowledge, Self-Efficacy, and Self-Care Adherence." Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy 10:378-386.

Morton, Patricia M., Sarah A. Mustillo, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2014. "Does Childhood Misfortune Raise the Risk of Acute Myocardial Infarction in Adulthood?" Social Science & Medicine 104:133-141.

Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2014. "The Time of Our Lives: Recognizing the Contributions of Neugarten, Riley, and Mannheim to the Study of Aging" The Gerontologist 54:127-133.

Chen, Aleda, M. H., Karen S. Yehle, Nancy M. Albert, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Holly L. Mason, Matthew M. Murawski, and Kimberly S. Plake. 2013. "Health Literacy Influences Heart Failure Knowledge Attainment But Not Self-Efficacy for Self-Care or Adherence to Self-Care Over Time." Nursing Research and Practice. Article ID 353290, 1-8.

Schafer, Markus H. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2013. "Childhood Misfortune and Adult Health: Enduring and Cascadic Effects on Somatic and Psychological Symptoms." Journal of Aging and Health 25:3-28.

Schafer, Markus H., Sarah A. Mustillo, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2013. "Age and the Tenses of Life Satisfaction." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 68:571-579. Editor's Choice.

Schafer, Markus H., Lindsay R. Wilkinson, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2013. "Childhood (Mis)fortune, Educational Attainment, and Adult Health: Contingent Benefits of a College Degree?" Social Forces 91:1007-1034.

Haley, William E., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Rhonda J. V. Montgomery. 2012. "Is Gerontology Ready for Accreditation?" Gerontology and Geriatrics Education 33:20-38.

Gretebeck, Randall J., Kenneth F. Ferraro, David R. Black, Kimberlee Holland, and Kimberlee A. Gretebeck. 2012. "Longitudinal Change in Physical Activity and Disability in Adults." American Journal of Health Behavior 36:385-394.

Lee, David J., Lora E. Fleming, William G. LeBlanc, Kristopher L. Arheart, Kenneth F. Ferraro, Marci Pitt-Catsouphes, Carles Muntaner, Cristina A. Fernandez, Alberto J. Caban-Martinez, Evelyn P. Davila, Frank C. Bandiera, John E. Lewis, and Diana Kachan. 2012. "Health Status and Risk Indicator Trends of the Aging U.S. Healthcare Workforce." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 54:497-503.

Morton, Patricia M., Markus H. Schafer, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Does Childhood Misfortune Increase Cancer Risk in Adulthood?" Journal of Aging and Health 24:948-984.

Schafer, Markus H. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Childhood Misfortune as a Threat to Successful Aging: Avoiding Disease." The Gerontologist 52:111-120. Editor's Choice, February issue.

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Lindsay A. Rinaldo, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Mortality Risk Among Black and White Working Women: The Role of Perceived Work Trajectories." Journal of Aging and Health 24:141-167.

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Lindsay R. Wilkinson, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012 "Accumulated Financial Strain and Women's Health over Three Decades." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 67:585-594. Editor's Choice, Issue 5.

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Markus H. Schafer, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Beyond the Barriers: Racial Discrimination and Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Black Americans." Social Science and Medicine 74:1155-1162. Editor's Choice, April issue.

Wilkinson, Lindsay R., Tetyana P. Shippee, and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2012. "Does Occupational Mobility Influence Health Among Working Women? Comparing Objective and Subjective Measures of Work Trajectories." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53:432-447.

Rinaldo, Lindsay A. and Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2012. "Inequality, Health." Encyclopedia of Globalization. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2011. "Health and Aging: Early Origins, Persistent Inequalities?" In Handbook of Sociology of Aging (edited by Richard A. Settersten and Jacquelyn L. Angel). Netherlands: Springer.

Schafer, Markus H., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Sharon R. Williams. 2011. "Low Socioeconomic Status and Body Mass Index as Risk Factors for Inflammation in Older Adults: Conjoint Influence on C-Reactive Protein?" Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences 66(6):667-673.

Shippee, Tetyana Pylypiv, Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Roland J. Thorpe, Jr. 2011. "Racial Disparity in Access to Cardiac Intensive Care over 20 Years" Ethnicity and Health 16:145-165.

Schafer, Markus H., Kenneth F. Ferraro, and Sarah A. Mustillo. 2011. "Children of Misfortune: Early Adversity and Cumulative Inequality in Perceived Life Trajectories" American Journal of Sociology 116:1053-1091.

Schafer, Markus H. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2011. "The Stigma of Obesity: Does Perceived Weight Discrimination Affect Identity and Physical Health?" Social Psychology Quarterly 74:76-97.

Pressler, Karis A. and Kenneth F. Ferraro. 2010. "Assistive Device Use as a Dynamic Acquisition Process in Later Life." The Gerontologist 50:371-381.

Ferraro, Kenneth F. 2010. "Aging." Pp. 228-250 in Sociology: A Christian Approach for Changing the World, Second Edition (edited by Cynthia Benn Tweedell). Marion, IN: Triangle Publishing.

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