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J. Jill Suitor

Contact Information
Email: jsuitor |at| purdue.edu
Office: STON 355 Map
Fax: (765) 496-1476
Professor of Sociology

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Education


B.A. California State University Sociology 1976
Ph.D. State University of New York at Stony Brook Sociology 1985

Research Interests


Parent-adult child relations; family caregiving; social support networks; marital quality; gender and work

Teaching Interests


Aging and the family; family sociology; sociology of health and illness

Grants


National Institute on Aging
NIMH
Spencer Foundation

Publications


Pillemer, Karl, and J. Jill Suitor. 2014. "Who Provides Care? A Prospective Study of Caregiving by Adult Children." The Gerontologist 54(4): 589-598.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Kaitlin Johnson, and Karl Pillemer. 2014. "How Widowhood Shapes Adult Children's Responses to Mothers' Preferences for Care." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69:95-102.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer. 2013. "Continuity and Change in Mothers' Favoritism toward Offspring in Adulthood." Journal of Marriage and Family 75:1229-1247.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Kaitlin Johnson, and Karl Pillemer. 2013. "Caregiving, Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism, and Tension among Siblings." The Gerontologist. 10.1093/geront/gnt065

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, and Karl Pillemer. 2013. "Recent Economic Distress in Midlife: Consequences for Adult Children's Relationship Quality with Their Mothers." Pp. 159-184 in Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research: Economic Stress and the Family. Sampson Blair (Ed.). Emerald.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer. 2013. "The Role of Violated Caregiver Preferences in Psychological Well-Being when Older Mothers Need Assistance." The Gerontologist 53: 388-396.

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Seoyoun Kim, and Karl Pillemer. 2013. "Differential Effects of Mothers' and Fathers' Favoritism on Sibling Relations in Adulthood." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 68: 593-598.

Suitor, J. Jill, and Karl Pillemer. 2013. "Differences in Mothers' and Fathers' Parental Favoritism in Later-Life: A Within-Family Analysis." Pp. 11-31 In From Generation to Generation: Continuity and Discontinuity in Aging Families, Merril Silverstein and Roseann Giarrusso (Eds.). Johns Hopkins Univ. Press: Baltimore, MD.

Pillemer, Karl, Christin L. Munsch, Thomas Fuller-Rowell, Catherine Riffin, and J. Jill Suitor. 2012. "Ambivalence toward Adult Children: Differences between Mothers and Fathers." Journal of Marriage and Family 74:1101-1113.

Fingerman, Karen, Karl Pillemer, Merril Silverstein, and J. Jill Suitor. 2012. "The Baby Boomers' Intergenerational Relationships." The Gerontologist 52:199-209.

Riffin, Catherine, J. Jill Suitor, M. C. Reid, and Karl Pillemer. 2012. "Chronic Pain and Parent-Child Relations in Later Life: An Important, but Understudied Issue." Family Science: 1-11.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer. 2011. "Conceptualizing and Measuring Intergenerational Ambivalence in Later Life." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 66B: 769-781.

Suitor, J. Jill, Jori Sechrist, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer. 2011. "Intergenerational Relations in Later-Life Families" Pp. 161-178 in Handbook of Sociology of Aging, Richard Settersten and Jacqueline Angel (Eds.). NY: Springer.

Abrahamson, Kathleen, Karl Pillemer, Jori Sechrist, and J. Jill Suitor. 2011. "Does Race Influence Conflict between Nursing Home Staff and the Family Members of Residents?" Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 66B:750-755.

Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Catherine Riffin, Kadari Taylor-Watson, and Karl Pillemer. 2011. "Race and Mothers' Differentiation among their Adult Children: A Sequential Approach to Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data." Journal of Family Psychology 25: 837-846.

Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Nicholas Vargas, and Karl Pillemer. 2011. "The Role of Religious Similarity in the Quality of Parent-Child Relations: Differences within Families and Between Races." Research on Aging 33:3-27.

Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Karl Pillemer, Megan Gilligan, Shirley Keeton, and Abigail Howard. 2011. "Aging Parents and Adult Children: Determinants of Relationship Quality." In Handbook on Families and Aging, Rosemary Blieszner and Victoria Bedford (Eds.), NY: Praeger.

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