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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


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

Peng, Siyun, J. Jill Suitor, and Megan Gilligan. In press. “Maternal Differential Treatment and Psychological Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Marital Tension and Sibling Tension?” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Rurka, Marissa, J. Jill Suitor, and Megan Gilligan. In press. “The Caregiver Identity in Context: Consequences of Identity Threat from Siblings.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 10.1093/geronb/gbaa099

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, and Yifei Hou. 202019. “Role of Ego’s and Siblings’ Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism in Adult Children’s 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.

Pillemer, Karl, Andres Losada Baltar, and J. Jill Suitor. 2019. "Ambivalence, Families, and Care." International Journal of Care and Caring 3: 9-22.

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

Con, Gulcin, J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, and Marissa Rurka. 2019. “Adult Children’s Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism During Caregiving: Comparisons Between Turkey and the U.S." Research on Aging 41: 139-163.

Breckman, Risa, David Burnes, Sarah Ross, Phillip Marshall, J. Jill Suitor, Mark Lachs, and Karl Pillemer. 2018. "When Helping Hurts: Non-Abusing Family, Friends and Neighbors in the Lives of Elder Mistreatment Victims." The Gerontologist 58:719-723.

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, Siyun Peng, Jordan Meyer, and Karl Pillemer. 2018. “Accuracy of Adults Children’s Perceptions of Mothers’ Caregiver Preferences.” The Gerontologist 59: 528-537

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, Siyun Peng, Gulcin Con, and Karl Pillemer. 2018. “Conflict with Mothers and Siblings During Caregiving: Differential Costs for Black and White Adult Children?” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 73:e86-e97. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx149

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