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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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Pillars of Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Social Contexts and Policy for Optimal Aging; Integrative Health Care in Later Life



PhD State University of New York at Stony Brook Sociology 1985

Research Interests

Parent-adult child relations; family caregiving; sibling relationships in adulthood; interpersonal relations and well-being; mixed methods

Teaching Interests

Sociology of the Family; Aging and the Family; Mixed-Methods


2021 - Purdue Ross-Lynn Research Scholar Fund Award
2020 - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
2019 - National Institute on Aging
2019 - Purdue Research Foundation

Selected Publications

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Rob Frase, Destiny Ogle, Catherine Stepniak, Yifei Hou, and Shawn Bauldry. In Press. "How Gender Shapes Sibling Tension in Adulthood Following Parental Death." Journal of Marriage and Family.

Hou, Yifei, and J. Jill Suitor. In press. "Childhood Parental Differential Treatment and Chinese Adults' Psychological Well-Being: The Moderating Effect of Gender." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Hou, Yifei, J. Jill Suitor, and Megan Gilligan. In press. "Intergenerational Transmission of Relationship Quality in Later-Life Families." Journal of Marriage and Family. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12884

Park, Taeyoung, Karl Pillemer, Corinna Loeckenhoff, J. Jill Suitor, and Catherine Riffin. In press. "What Motivates Physicians to Address Caregiver Needs? The Role of Experiential Similarity." Journal of Applied Gerontology. https://doi.org/10.1177/07334648231151937

Rurka, Marissa, J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, and Robert Frase. 2023. "How Do Own and Siblings' Genders Shape Caregivers' Risk of Perceiving Care-Related Criticism from Siblings? Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 78: 520-531.

Frase, Robert T., Shawn Bauldry, J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, and Destiny Ogle. 2023. "Adult Children's Education and Mothers' Psychological Well-Being: Do Adult Children's Problems Mediate this Relationship?" Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 78: 496-505.

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, and Karl Pillemer. 2022. "Patterns and Processes of Intergenerational Estrangement: A Qualitative Study of Mother-Adult Child Relationships Across Time." Research on Aging 44: 436-447.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Reilly Kincaid, Yifei Hou, Catherine Stepniak, and Siyun Peng. 2022. "How Widowhood and Gender Shape the Impact of Maternal Favoritism on Adult Children's Psychological Well-Being." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 77: 224-236.

Suitor, J. Jill and Megan Gilligan. 2022. "Applying Mixed-Method Designs to the Study of Family Relations." Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies. Pp. 653-672 in K. Adamson, A. Few-Demo, C. Proulx & K. Roy (Eds.) NY: Springer.

Stepniak, Catherine, J. Jill Suitor & Megan Gilligan. 2022. "Mothers' Functional Limitations and Relationship Quality with Adult Children: Exploring the Moderating Roles of Race and Gender." Research on Aging 44: 414-425.

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