Dem of Aging Seminar- Christina Kamis and Jessie West - Duke University

Christina Kamis- The Long-Term Consequences of Parental Mental Health Problems Jessie West- Stress Proliferation and Disability from a Life Course Perspective

    Date:  04/02/2018 (Mon)

    Time:  3:30pm- 5:00pm

    Location:  Gross Hall 270

    Organizer:  Laura Satterfield


Meeting Schedule: (Not currently open for scheduling. Please contact the seminar organizer listed above.)

    All meetings will be in No individual meetings for Dem of Aging seminars unless otherwise noted.

    3:30pm - Seminar Presentation (3:30pm to 5:00pm)


    Additional Comments:  Christina Kamis Abstract- Despite growing literature on the impact of adverse childhood experiences on life course health, little is known about the long-term consequences of parental mental health problems. Specifically, questions remain on how this childhood stressor shapes adult distress over time, and whether the severity and duration of the parental mental health problems is consequential to its effect on offspring. With data from the 2007-2015 waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics and the 2014 Childhood Retrospective Circumstances Study, this study further explores the relationship between parental mental health and children's adult distress. Future research on this topic is discussed, including how gender plays a crucial role in shaping the pathways between parental mental health and children's adult outcomes. Jessie West Abstract- Disability is a growing health concern affecting roughly one out of eight Americans. Given the aging of the population, the high costs of disability, and the impact of disability on quality of life, I am proposing a dissertation that consists of three separate studies that together examine the experiences of people with disabilities at different stages of the life course. I draw from literature on stress proliferation and the life course to discuss the importance of when a stressor (such as disability) occurs and how this stressor affects close others and oneself. Specifically, I will use longitudinal, nationally representative data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to assess 1) how early life disability influences later life social and economic outcomes, 2) how an individual’s disability affects his/her spouse’s mental health outcomes, and 3) how hearing impairment influences individual depressive symptomology.