David  J. Eggebeen 

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Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Sociology

Contact Information

207 Health and Human Development Building
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802

814-865-2655

(fax) 814-863-7963

e5x@psu.edu

Research Interests

My research involves two topics: patterns of intergenerational exchanges of support in American families, and the implications of fatherhood for men. My work on intergenerational ties in American families began with documenting the extent, correlates and measurement of routine assistance flows between aging parents and their adult children. Currently, along with Steve Zarit and Karen Fingerman from Purdue University, I am examining the interconnections between psychological processes and patterns of support across three generations of families. I am also examining the consequences of fatherhood on men, where I have been addressing such questions as: How does becoming a father or engaging in fathering activities change or affect men psychologically and socially? Affect their family ties? Affect their work and career behavior?

Education

B.A., 1975, Sociology, Calvin College
M.A., 1981, Sociology, Rutgers University
M.A., 1984, Sociology, University of North Carolina
Ph.D., 1986, Sociology, University of North Carolina

Professional Experience

1993-present: Associate Professor of Human Development and Sociology; Senior Research Associate, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University

1986-1993: Assistant Professor of Human Development; Research Associate, Population Research Institute, The Pennsylvania State University

Professional Service

1995: Chair, Sociology of Children Section, American Sociological Association

1994: Chair-Elect, Sociology of Children Section, American Sociological Association

1991: Member, Nominating Committee, Family Section, American Sociological Association

1987-1995: Member, Program Effectiveness Panel, U.S. Department of Education

Selected Publications

Eggebeen, D.J., Knoester, C., & McDaniel, B. (2014). The implications of fatherhood for men. Handbook of Father Involvement: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Second Edition. Cabrera, N. & Tamis-LaMonda, C. (Eds.). New York: Taylor and Frances.

Eggebeen, D.J. (2014). The social and Civic Consequences of parenthood for adults. Whither the Child? Causes Consequences and Solutions to Low Fertility. Wilcox, W.B. & Kaufman, E. (Eds.) London: Paradigm. Pp. 29-46.

Eggebeen, D.J. (2013). Do fathers matter uniquely for adolescent well-being? In Gender and Parenthood, edited by Kathleen Kovner Kline and W. Bradford Wilcox. New York: Columbia University Press. Pp. 149-270.

Eggebeen, D. J. (2012). What can we learn from studies of children raised by gay or lesbian parents? Soc Sci Res, 41(4), 775-778. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.04.008. PubMed PMID: 23017847; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC; PubMed Central NIHMSID.

Kim, K., Eggebeen, D. J., Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2012). Agreement Between Aging Parent's Bequest Intention and Middle-Aged Child's Inheritance Expectation. Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns147. PubMed PMID: 23197395; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC; PubMed Central NIHMSID.

Kim, K., Zarit, S.H., Eggebeen, D.J., Birdett, K.S., & Fingerman, K.L. (2011). Discrepancies in reports of support exchanges between aging parents and their middle-aged children. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66B, 538-546. PMCID: PMC 3202704

Dew, J., & Eggebeen, D.J. (2010).  Beyond the wage premium: Fatherhood and men’s economic well-being. Research on Human Development, 7, 140-158

Eggebeen, DJ, Dew, J., & Knoester, C. (2010). Fatherhood and men’s lives at middle age. Journal of Family Issues, 31, 113-130.

Eggebeen, D.J., & Dew, J. (2009).  The role of religion in adolescence for family formation in young adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 71,108-121.

Amato, P.R., Landale, N.S., Havasevich-Brooks, T.C., Booth, A., Eggebeen, D.J., Schoen, R., & McHale, S.M. (2008).  Precursors of young women’s family formation pathways.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 70: 1271-1286.

Strategic Themes

  • Contexts and Social Institutions