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J. Jill Suitor

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Email: jsuitor@purdue.edu
Office: STON 355 Map
Phone: 765-414-2462
Fax: 765-496-1476
Homepage: Homepage
Distinguished Professor of Sociology

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PhD State University of New York at Stony Brook Sociology 1985

Research Interests

Parent-adult child relations; family caregiving; status transitions, interpersonal relations, and psychological well-being; structure and function of social support networks; mixed methods in family research

Teaching Interests

Sociology of the Family; Aging and the Family; Sociology of Health and Illness; Aging; Gender


2021 - Purdue Ross-Lynn Research Scholar Fund Award
2020 - Purdue Research Foundation
2020 - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
2019 - National Institute on Aging
2019 - Purdue Research Foundation
2018 - Purdue Research Foundation
2017 - Purdue University Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships and the Office of the Provost

Selected Publications

Suitor, J. Jill And Megan Gilligan. In Press. Applying Mixed-Method Designs To The Study Of Family Relations. Sourcebook Of Family Theories And Methodologies. Adamson, Few-Demo, Proulx & Roy (Eds.) NY: Springer.

Stepniak, Catherine, J. Jill Suitor & Megan Gilligan. In Press. Mothers Functional Limitations And Relationship Quality With Adult Children: Exploring The Moderating Roles Of Race And Gender. Research On Aging.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Reilly Kincaid, Yifei Hou, Catherine Stepniak, And Siyun Peng. 2021. How Widowhood And Gender Shape The Impact Of Maternal Favoritism On Adult Childrens Psychological Well-Being. Journal Of Gerontology: Social Sciences. Gbab120, Https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbab120

Kincaid, Reilly, Marissa Rurka, J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, Karl Pillemer, Liam Mohebbi And Nicholas Mundell. 2021. Prodigal Children: How Reformed Deviants Become Mothers Favorite Children In Adulthood. Journal Of Gerontology: Social Sciences. Gbab075, Https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb

Rurka, Marissa, J. Jill Suitor, And Megan Gilligan. 2021. The Caregiver Identity In Context: Consequences Of Identity Threat From Siblings. Journal Of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 76: 1593-1604/.

Peng, Siyun, J. Jill Suitor, And Megan Gilligan. 2021. Maternal Differential Treatment And Psychological Well-Being: The Mediating Role Of Marital Tension And Sibling Tension? Journal Of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 76: 370-379.

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, And Karl Pillemer. In Press. "Patterns And Processes Of Intergenerational Estrangement: A Qualitative Study Of Mother-Adult Child Relationships Across Time." Research On Aging.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, And Yifei Hou. 2020. Role Of Egos And Siblings Perceptions Of Maternal Favoritism In Adult Childrens Depressive Symptoms: A Within-Family Network Approach. Network Science 8: 271-289.

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Marissa Rurka, And Merril Silverstein. 2020. Multigenerational Social Support In The Face Of The COVID-19 Pandemic" Journal Of Family Theory & Review 12:431-447.

Peng, Siyun, Shawn Bauldry, Megan Gilligan, And J. Jill Suitor. 2019. Is Older Mothers' Health Affected By Children's Education Achievement? Measurement And Family Context. Social Science & Medicine-Population Health. Doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100390

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