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Christine L. Williams, Chair CLA 3.306, Mailcode A1700, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6300

Debra J. Umberson

Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

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Debra J. Umberson

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Biography

Debra Umberson is Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also affiliated with the Population Research Center. She received her PhD in sociology from Vanderbilt University in 1985 and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research from 1985-88. Her research focuses on relationships and health across the life course with a particular emphasis on intimate relationships and family ties and the blending of quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Recent publications have focused on marital transitions and body weight; stress and health behavior; gender and health habit processes in gay, lesbian, and straight couples; race, social ties, and disadvantage in health; and health policy addressing the link between social ties and health. She has been the recipient of a National Research Service Award and a FIRST Award from the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Umberson is also an elected Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Her current research, supported by a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator in Health Policy Research Award and the National Institute on Aging, examines how marital relationships affect health-related behavior and health care, and how those processes vary across gay, lesbian, and heterosexual unions. She is the immediate past editor of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior and incoming Chair of the American Sociological Association's Section on Sociology of the Family.

Dr. Umberson is currently enrolling married couples for The Health and Relationships Project (USAHarp). This study aims to better understand how the dynamics of marriage impact health in various areas, including health behaviors at home, how spouses care for each other during illness and injury, and how health care providers involve spouses in each other's health care. More information about this study is available at: http://sites.la.utexas.edu/ mharp/

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Interests

Gender, Marriage and Relationships, Mental Health, Health Behavior, Social Determinants of Health, Stress, Same-Sex Couples, Grief and Bereavement

SOC 397D • Publishing Papers In Sociology

46690 • Spring 2014
Meets W 1200pm-300pm CLA 1.302A
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COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course is designed for graduate students with an interest in publishing and reviewing research in peer-reviewed sociology journals. This course addresses: (1) how to write and publish an article in an academic journal, (2) the review process and instruction on how to review articles for scholarly journals, and (3) special topics related to the editorial process.

 

SOC 308 • Intro To Health And Society

46090 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm CLA 0.130
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Description

This course offers a broad multidisciplinary overview that introduces students to the study of health and society. Basic topics include health patterns, health behavior, medical care, and health policy in social, demographic, cultural, economic, political, and ethical contexts. Basic methodological approaches to studying these topics will be covered. This course will include guest lectures by representatives of various disciplines. This course is a requirement for the new college of liberal arts major in Health and Society (HS) which is scheduled to launch in fall, 2014.

Required Texts

Conrad, Peter. 2009. The Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives. 8th edition. NY: Worth Publishers.

Skloot, Rebecca. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. NY: Crown, 2010.

Grading Policy

  1. Three in-class exams. Format will include multiple choice questions and short answer or essay questions. Each exam is worth 100 points.
  2. Essay assignment. Five page, double-spaced essay to address the question: “What is the cause of obesity in America: Society or man?” Students will view the movie SuperSize Me and read three related articles that represent an alternate point of view. The essay will summarize and compare these viewpoints in addressing the key question. Essay is worth 100 points.

(Each exam, essay, and final grade: 90-100, A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C; 60-69, D; 59 or below, F. Plus/minus system used.)

 

SOC 397D • Publishing Papers In Sociology

46025 • Spring 2013
Meets W 1200pm-300pm CLA 1.302F
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Special Emphasis:

JHSB Graduate Student Editorial Board

Publishing & reviewing on sociology of health and illness

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed for graduate students with an interest in publishing and reviewing research in the area of sociology of health and illness. This course addresses: (1) how to write and publish an article in an academic journal, (2) the review process and instruction on how to review articles for scholarly journals, and (3) special topics related to the editorial process.

Goals:

  1. Deepen substantive expertise with immersion in the most recent cutting edge research in medical sociology.
  2. Engage in critical and constructive discussion of the field of medical sociology.
  3. Develop skills and knowledge to facilitate the successful submission of a research article for editorial review and publication. Learn what reviewers are looking for in a research article.
  4. Develop skills that qualify you to evaluate and review articles for scholarly journals.  
  5. Learn about the editorial process involved in publishing research articles in Journal of Health & Social Behavior (JHSB).
  6. Prepare your own paper for editorial review. This will include the opportunity to have the student editorial board review your paper and discuss the paper in class.

 

This course may be taken for a grade, pass/fail, or by audit. Please contact the instructor if you would like to have additional information: umberson@prc.utexas.edu

 

SOC 397D • Publishing Papers In Sociology

46380 • Spring 2011
Meets W 1200pm-300pm MAI 1704
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SOC 397D • Publishing Papers in Sociology (unique #46380)

 

Special Emphasis:

JHSB Graduate Student Editorial Board

Publishing & reviewing on sociology of health and illness

 

Professor Debra Umberson

Wednesdays 12-2:30, Main Building 1703
Office hours: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30



COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed for graduate students with an interest in publishing and reviewing research in the area of sociology of health and illness. This course addresses: (1) how to write and publish an article in an academic journal, (2) the review process and instruction on how to review articles for scholarly journals, and (3) special topics related to the editorial process.

 

Goals:

  1. Deepen substantive expertise with immersion in the most recent cutting edge research in medical sociology.
  2. Engage in critical and constructive discussion of the field of medical sociology.
  3. Develop skills and knowledge to facilitate the successful submission of a research article for editorial review and publication. Learn what reviewers are looking for in a research article.
  4. Develop skills that qualify you to evaluate and review articles for scholarly journals.  
  5. Learn about the editorial process involved in publishing research articles in Journal of Health & Social Behavior (JHSB).
  6. Help to shape and improve JHSB as a print and online mechanism for disseminating cutting edge research on the sociology of health.

 

This course may be taken for a grade, pass/fail, or by audit. Please contact the instructor if you would like to have additional information: umberson@prc.utexas.edu

 


MISSION STATEMENT OF JHSB

The Journal of Health and Social Behavior is a medical sociology journal that publishes empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization of medicine and health care. Its editorial policy favors manuscripts that are grounded in important theoretical issues in medical sociology or the sociology of mental health and that advance our theoretical understanding of the processes by which social factors and human health are interrelated.

JHSB GRAD STUDENT EDITORIAL BOARD

Individual Editorial Assignments

  • Web/Pod Editor
  • Podcast Editor
  • Graphics Editor
  • Policy Brief Editor
  • Social Media Editor
  • Abstracts Editor
  • Teaching Contents Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Editor In Chief

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Final grades will be based on:

  • Weekly participation and journal development: 25%
  • Editorial reviews: 25%
  • Research paper: 50%

 

Weekly participation and journal development:

  • Journal development. Share responsibility for one of JHSB’s major online or print areas, such as development of policy briefs, abstracting, graphics and images, teaching resources, web development, media coverage, development of social media, strategizing for reduced review time and increasing journal visibility and impact. 
  • Participate in weekly editorial board meetings. Participate in editorial discussions and observe decision-making and revision processes.

Editorial reviews:

  • Prepare reviews of article submissions to supplement those of experts in the field. Students should expect to review 4 to 5 articles over the course the semester (approximately one article every two to three weeks).

Prepare a research paper for editorial review:

  • Prepare your own paper for editorial review. This can be a new paper or a paper that has already been reviewed by a journal. The goal is to revise your paper, submit it for publication, and to have your article accepted for publication. The course is designed to demystify the review process and convey the ingredients for success in publishing your work. You will be benefit from editorial review (by your classmates) and concrete suggestions for revising your paper.

 

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

  • Deadlines. The course functions as both an academic seminar and as a working editorial board. We will often be working under tight deadline pressure and we will often disagree about the appropriate course of action.
  • Confidentiality. What happens in seminar, stays in seminar -- students must keep authors’ names, reviewers’ names and other identifying information strictly confidential.
  • Grading. You will be evaluated on the basis of your overall contributions to the seminar and to JHSB. You may take the course on a pass/fail or letter-grade basis.
  • Attendance. You are expected to attend each weekly meeting. 

SOC 397D • Publishing Papers in Sociology (unique #46380)

 

Special Emphasis:

JHSB Graduate Student Editorial Board

Publishing & reviewing on sociology of health and illness

 

Professor Debra Umberson

Wednesdays 12-2:30, Main Building 1703
Office hours: Wednesdays 2:30-3:30



COURSE DESCRIPTION
This course is designed for graduate students with an interest in publishing and reviewing research in the area of sociology of health and illness. This course addresses: (1) how to write and publish an article in an academic journal, (2) the review process and instruction on how to review articles for scholarly journals, and (3) special topics related to the editorial process.

 

Goals:

  1. Deepen substantive expertise with immersion in the most recent cutting edge research in medical sociology.
  2. Engage in critical and constructive discussion of the field of medical sociology.
  3. Develop skills and knowledge to facilitate the successful submission of a research article for editorial review and publication. Learn what reviewers are looking for in a research article.
  4. Develop skills that qualify you to evaluate and review articles for scholarly journals.  
  5. Learn about the editorial process involved in publishing research articles in Journal of Health & Social Behavior (JHSB).
  6. Help to shape and improve JHSB as a print and online mechanism for disseminating cutting edge research on the sociology of health.

 

This course may be taken for a grade, pass/fail, or by audit. Please contact the instructor if you would like to have additional information: umberson@prc.utexas.edu

 


MISSION STATEMENT OF JHSB

The Journal of Health and Social Behavior is a medical sociology journal that publishes empirical and theoretical articles that apply sociological concepts and methods to the understanding of health and illness and the organization of medicine and health care. Its editorial policy favors manuscripts that are grounded in important theoretical issues in medical sociology or the sociology of mental health and that advance our theoretical understanding of the processes by which social factors and human health are interrelated.

JHSB GRAD STUDENT EDITORIAL BOARD

Individual Editorial Assignments

  • Web/Pod Editor
  • Podcast Editor
  • Graphics Editor
  • Policy Brief Editor
  • Social Media Editor
  • Abstracts Editor
  • Teaching Contents Editor
  • Copy Editor
  • Editor In Chief

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Final grades will be based on:

  • Weekly participation and journal development: 25%
  • Editorial reviews: 25%
  • Research paper: 50%

 

Weekly participation and journal development:

  • Journal development. Share responsibility for one of JHSB’s major online or print areas, such as development of policy briefs, abstracting, graphics and images, teaching resources, web development, media coverage, development of social media, strategizing for reduced review time and increasing journal visibility and impact. 
  • Participate in weekly editorial board meetings. Participate in editorial discussions and observe decision-making and revision processes.

Editorial reviews:

  • Prepare reviews of article submissions to supplement those of experts in the field. Students should expect to review 4 to 5 articles over the course the semester (approximately one article every two to three weeks).

Prepare a research paper for editorial review:

  • Prepare your own paper for editorial review. This can be a new paper or a paper that has already been reviewed by a journal. The goal is to revise your paper, submit it for publication, and to have your article accepted for publication. The course is designed to demystify the review process and convey the ingredients for success in publishing your work. You will be benefit from editorial review (by your classmates) and concrete suggestions for revising your paper.

 

FRIENDLY REMINDERS

  • Deadlines. The course functions as both an academic seminar and as a working editorial board. We will often be working under tight deadline pressure and we will often disagree about the appropriate course of action.
  • Confidentiality. What happens in seminar, stays in seminar -- students must keep authors’ names, reviewers’ names and other identifying information strictly confidential.
  • Grading. You will be evaluated on the basis of your overall contributions to the seminar and to JHSB. You may take the course on a pass/fail or letter-grade basis.
  • Attendance. You are expected to attend each weekly meeting. 

SOC 330C • Death & Dying: Socl Perspectvs

46415 • Spring 2010
Meets TTH 930-1100 UTC 4.134
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SOC 395G • Gender And Family

45920 • Spring 2009
Meets W 1200-300pm BUR 214
(also listed as WGS 393 )
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Course Description: 

This seminar is designed to help students understand of the nature and causes of gender stratification in industrial societies. In this seminar we examine both theoretical and empirical issues regarding gender inequality in the labor market. Topics to be discussed include changes in female labor force participation, gender segregation in the workplace, gender gaps in earnings and promotions, as well as gender differences in career processes. Because many articles we will read involve statistical analyses, students are expected to be able to read and understand quantitative sociological research at the level of SOC385L or the equivalent. While a large proportion of the readings are based on research in the United States, international comparisons of women’s economic roles also constitute an important part of this seminar. In particular, we address how social institutions that vary from one country to another shape men’s and women’s economic opportunities and thus the degree of gender inequality in the society.    Students are expected to attend class regularly and read the assigned readings prior to the class period during which we will discuss the material. Active participation in class discussions is also required. 

Texts:

The required texts for this course includes books and articles from peer-reviewed sociological journals. The list below shows some of the books required for this course:  

Goldin, Claudia. 1990. Understanding the Gender Gap: An Economic History of American Women. Oxford University Press.

Charles, Maria. and David B. Grusky. 2004. Occupational Ghetto: The Worldwide Segregation of Men and Women. Stanford University Press.

Ogasawara, Yuko. 1998. Office Ladies and Salaried Men: Power, Gender, and Work in Japanese Companies. University of California. 

Publications

Book

Death of a Parent:  Transition to a New Adult Identity (2003). Cambridge University Press. Paperback issued 2006.  UK edition released 2007. Turkish edition released 2010.

 

Articles and Chapters (*articles in peer-reviewed journals)

*Umberson, Debra, Kristi Williams, Patricia Thomas, Hui Liu, and Mieke B. Thomeer (2014). “Race, Gender, and Chains of Disadvantage: Childhood Adversity, Social Relationships, and Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 55:20-38.

 

*Sasson, Isaac and Debra Umberson (2014). “Widowhood and Depression: New Light on Gender Differences, Selection, and Psychological Adjustment.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 69(1):135-145.

 

*Thomeer, Mieke, Tetyana Pudrovska and Debra Umberson (2013). “Marital Processes around Depression: A Gendered Perspective.” Society and Mental Health 3:151-169.

 

Recipient of the Best Mental Health Publication Award, Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association, 2014.

 

*Lodge, Amy and Debra Umberson (2013). Age and Embodied Masculinities: Midlife Gay and Heterosexual Men Talk about their Bodies. Journal of Aging Studies 27:225-232.

 

*Harrison, Tracie, Brittany LeGarde, SungHun Kim, Janiece Walker, Shelley Blozis and Debra Umberson (2013). “Work Related Injury Among Aging Women.” Policy, Politics & Nursing Practice 14:16-25. PMC3695038

 

 Carr, Deborah and Debra Umberson (2013). “The Social Psychology of Stress, Health, and Coping.” Pp. 465-487 in John Delamater and Amanda Ward (Editors), Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd Edition, Springer Publishing.

 

Umberson, Debra, Kristi Williams and Mieke Thomeer (2013). “Family Status and Mental Health: Recent Advances and Future Directions.” Pp. 405-431 in Carol S. Aneshensel and Jo C. Phelan (Eds.), Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health (Second Edition), Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research, Springer Publishing.

 

Thomeer, Mieke, Debra Umberson and Kristi Williams (2012). “Women, Stress, and Health.” Pp. 685-695 in Marlene B. Goldman, Rebecca Troisi, and Kathryn M. Rexrode (Editors), Women and Health (2nd Edition), Elsevier Inc.

 

*Reczek, Corinne and Debra Umberson (2012). “Gender, Health Behavior, and Intimate Relationships: Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Contexts.” Social Science and Medicine74:1783-1790.PMCID: PMC3337964

 

*Lodge, Amy and Debra Umberson. (2012). “All Shook Up:  Sexuality of Mid to Later Life Married Couples.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74:428-443.

 

*Umberson, Debra, Hui Liu, John Mirowsky and Corinne Reczek (2011). “Parenthood and Trajectories of Change in Body Weight over the Life Course.” Social Science and Medicine 73:1323-1331.PMCID: PMC3391503

 

*Umberson, Debra and Jennifer Karas Montez (2010). “Social Relationships and Health: A Flashpoint for Public Policy.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51: S54-S66. PMCID: PMC3150158

 

*Umberson, Debra, Tetyana Pudrovska and Corinne Reczek (2010). Parenthood, Childlessness, and Well-being: A Life Course Perspective.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72:612-629. PMCID: PMC3159916

 

*Reczek, Corinne, Hui Liu and Debra Umberson (2010). “Just the Two of Us? How Parents Influence Adult Children’s Marital Quality.” Journal of Marriage and Family 72:1205-1219. PMCID: PMC3151657

 

*Umberson, Debra, Robert Crosnoe and Corinne Reczek (2010). “Social Ties and Health Behavior across the Life Course.”  Karen S. Cook and Douglas S. Massey (Editors), Annual Review of Sociology 36:139-157. PMCID: PMC3171805

 

*Harrison, Tracie, Debra Umberson, Li-Chen Lin and Hsui-Rong Cheng. (2010). “Timing of Impairment and Health-promoting Lifestyles in Women with Disabilities.” Qualitative Health Research 20(6):816-829. PMCID: PMC3159916

 

*Umberson, Debra, Hui Liu and Daniel Powers (2009). “Marital Status, Marital Transitions, and Body Weight.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 50(3): 327-43. PMCID: PMC3149893

 

*Reczek, Corinne, Sinikka Elliott and Debra Umberson (2009).  “Commitment without Marriage:  Union Formation of Long-term Gay and Lesbian Couples.”  Journal of Family Issues 30(6):738-756. PMCID: PMC3151657

 

Liu, Hui, Sinikka Elliott and Debra Umberson (2009).  “Marriage in Young Adulthood.”  In Young Adult Mental Health, Jon E. Grant and Marc N. Potenza (Editors).  Oxford University Press.

 

Umberson, Debra, Hui Liu and Corinne Reczek (2008).  “Stress and Health Behaviors.” Pp. 19-44 in Advances in Life Course Research: Stress Processes Across the Life Course (Heather Turner and Scott Schiemann, Editors), Volume 13.

 

*Liu, Hui and Debra Umberson (2008). “The Times They Are A Changin’: Marital Status and Health Differentials from 1972 to 2003.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 49:239-253. PMCID: PMC3150568

 

*Elliott, Sinikka and Debra Umberson (2008).  “The Performance of Desire:  Gender and Sexual Negotiation in Long-term Marriages.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 70:391-406. PMCID: PMC3151655

 

Umberson, Debra and Corinne Reczek (2007).  “Interactive Stress and Coping around Parenting: Explaining Trajectories of Change in Intimate Relationships over the Life Course.”  Pp. 91-126 in Timothy J. Owens and J. Jill Suitor (Eds.), Advances in Life Course Research: Interpersonal Relations Across the Life Course, Volume 12. 

 

Umberson, Debra (2006).  “Parents, Adult Children, and Immortality.”  Contexts 5(4): 48-53.

 

Umberson, Debra and B. Needham (2006).  “Parenthood, Parenting, and Marital Interaction.”  In V. Bengtson, A. Acock, K. Allen, P.Dilworth-Anderson, and D. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of Family Theory and Research.  NY:  Sage Publications.

 

*Umberson, Debra, Kristi Williams, Daniel P. Powers, Hui Liu, and Belinda Needham (2006).  “You Make Me Sick: Marital Quality and Health Over the Life Course.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 47: 1-16. PMCID: PMC3149975

 

Reprinted in Choices in Relationships by David Knox and Caroline Schacht, 2010.

 

*Umberson, Debra, Kristi Williams, Daniel P. Powers, Hui Liu, and Belinda Needham (2005).  “Stress in Childhood and Adulthood: Effects on Marital Quality Over Time.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 67: 1332-1347. PMCID: PMC3148820

 

*Umberson, Debra, Kristi Williams, Daniel P. Powers and M.D. Chen (2005).  “As Good As It Gets?  A Life Course Perspective on Marital Quality.”  Social Forces 84:493-511. PMCID: PMC3151658

 

*Umberson, Debra and Kristi Williams (2005).  “Marital Quality, Health and Aging:  Gender Equity?”  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 60B. PubMed # 16251580, PMCID: PMC3150525

 

*Williams, Kristi and Debra Umberson (2004). “Marital Status, Marital Transitions, and Health: A Gendered Life Course Perspective.”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 45:81-98. PMCID: PMC3149893

 

*Umberson, Debra, Kristin Anderson, and Kristi Williams (2003).  “Relationship Dynamics, Emotion State, and Domestic Violence:  A Stress and Masculinities Perspective.”  Journal of Marriage and Family 65(1):233-247.

 

Elliott, Sinnika and Debra Umberson (2003).  “Families in the United States:  Demographic Trends and Current Debates.”  In J.L. Scott, J.K. Treas, and M. Richards (editors), The Blackwell Companion to Sociology of the Family.  Blackwell Publishers, Oxford.

 

Anderson, Kristin, Debra Umberson, and Sinnika Elliott (2003).  “Violence and Abuse in Families.”  In A. Vangelisti (editor), Handbook of Family Communication.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

 

*Umberson, Debra, Kristi Williams, and Kristin Anderson (2002).  “Violent Behavior:  A Measure of Emotional Upset?”  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 43:189-206. PMID: 12096699

                    

*Anderson, Kristin and Debra Umberson (2001).  “Gendering Violence:  Masculinity and Power in Men’s Accounts of Domestic Violence.”  Gender and Society 15: 358-380.

 

Reprinted in Feminist Perspectives on the Study and Practice of Social Research (Pp. 251-270), edited by S. Hesse-Biber and M. Yaiser, Oxford University Press, 2004. 

 

Reprinted in In Their Own Words: Criminals on Crime(5th ed.), edited by Paul Cromwell, Oxford University Press, 2010. 

 

Reprinted in The Kaleidoscope of Gender (3rd ed.), edited by Joan Spade and Catherine Valentine. Sage, 2010.

 

*Goodrum, Sarah, Debra Umberson, and K. Anderson (2001).  “The Batterer’s View of the Self and Others in Domestic Violence.”  Sociological Inquiry 71(2):221-240.

 

Umberson, Debra and Kristi Williams (2000).  “Medical Sociology and Health

Psychology.” Pp. 353-364 in Handbook of Medical Sociology, 5th Edition,

(Chloe E. Bird, Peter Conrad, Allen M. Fremont, and Sol Levine, Eds.).  Englewood Cliffs, NJ:  Prentice-Hall.

 

Umberson, Debra and Ellen Slaten (2000).  “Gender and Intergenerational Relationships."  Pp. 105-127 in David H. Demo, Katherine R. Allen and Mark A. Fine (Eds.), Handbook of Family Diversity.  NY:  Oxford Univ. Press.

 

*Williams, Kristi and Debra Umberson (1999).  “Medical Technology and Childbirth:  Experiences of Expectant Mothers and Fathers.”  Sex Roles 41:147-168.

 

*Winterich, Julie and Debra Umberson (1999).  “How Women Experience Menopause:  The Importance of Social Context.”  Journal of Women and Aging.  PMID: 10721689

 

Umberson, Debra and Kristi Williams (1999).  "Family Status and Mental Health."  Pp. 225-253 in Carol S. Aneshensel and Jo C. Phelan (Eds.), Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health (Recipient of 2001 Best Publication Award, Sociology of Mental Health Section, American Sociological Association).  Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Pubs.

 

Williams, Kristi and Debra Umberson (1999).  “Women, Stress, and Health.” Pp. 553-562 in Marlene B. Goldman and Maureen C. Hatch (Editors), Glorian Sorenson (section editor), Women and Health.  NY:  Academic Press.

 

*Umberson, Debra, Kristin Anderson, Jennifer Glick and Adam Shapiro (1998).  "Domestic Violence, Personal Control, and Gender."  Journal of Marriage and the Family 60:442-452.

 

*Umberson, Debra and Toni Terling (1997).  "The Symbolic Meaning of Relationships: Implications for Psychological Distress Following Relationship Loss."  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 14:723-744.

 

*Umberson, Debra, Meichu D. Chen, James S. House, Kristine Hopkins and Ellen Slaten (1996).  "Social Relationships and their Effects on Psychological Well-being:  Are Men and Women Really So Different?"  American Sociological Review 61:836-856.

 

            Umberson, Debra (1996).  "Demographic Position and Stressful Mid-life Events:  Effects on the Quality of Parent/child Relationships."  Pp. 493-531 in When Children Grow Up: Development and Diversity in Mid-Life Parenting, edited by Carol D. Ryff, Marsha M. Seltzer, and M. Mailick.  Chicago:  University of Chicago Press.

 

*Umberson, Debra (1995).  "Marriage as Support or Strain?  Marital Quality Following the Death of a Parent."  Journal of Marriage and the Family 57:709-723.

           

            (2001) Reprinted in Families in Later Life:  Connections and Transitions (A.J. Walker, M. Manoogian-O’Dell, L.A. McGraw, and D.L.G. White, Eds.).  Thousand Oaks. CA:  Pine Forge Press.

 

*Umberson, Debra and Meichu D. Chen (1994).  "Effects of a Parent's Death on Adult Children:  Relationship Salience and Reaction to Loss."  American Sociological Review 59:152-168.

 

*Umberson, Debra (1993).  "Sociodemographic Position, World Views, and Psychological Distress."  Social Science Quarterly 74(3):575-589.

 

*Umberson, Debra and Christine L. Williams (1993).  "Divorced Fathers:  Parental Role Strain and Psychological Distress."  Journal of Family Issues 14(3): 378-400.

 

Umberson, Debra, Camille B. Wortman, and Ronald C. Kessler (1992). "Widowhood and Depression: Explaining Gender Differences in Vulnerability."  Journal of Health and Social Behavior 33:10-24. PMID: 1619255

 

*Umberson, Debra (1992).  "Gender, Marital Status, and the Social Control of Health Behavior."  Social Science and Medicine 34(8):907-917. PMID: 1604380

 

*Umberson, Debra (1992). "Relationships Between Adult children and their Parents:  Psychological Consequences for Both Generations."  Journal of Marriage and the Family 54(3):664-674.

 

*Umberson, Debra and Kristin Henderson (1992).  "The Social Construction of Death in the Gulf War."  Omega:  Journal of Death and Dying 25(1):1-15. 

 

*Umberson, Debra (1989), "Relationships with Children: Explaining Parents' Psychological Well-being." Journal of Marriage and the Family 51: 999-1012.

 

*Umberson, Debra (1989).  Parenting and Well-being: Theory, Measurement and Stage in the Family Life Course." Journal of Family Issues 10(4): 440-462.

 

Umberson, Debra (1989). "Sources of Relationship Strain for women." Pp. 23-32 in Women and Stress, edited by Sharon E. Kahn, Bonita C. Long and Anita DeLongis.  Vancouver: Academic Women's Association, University of British Columbia.

 

*Umberson, Debra (1989).  "Parenting and Well-being: The Importance of Context." Journal of Family Issues 10(4):427-439.

 

*House, James S., Karl Landis and Debra Umberson (1988). "Social Relationships and Health." Science 241: 540-545. PMID: 3399889

 

Reprinted (abridged version) in Economic Outlook USA 15(4), 1989.

 

Reprinted in The Sociology of Health and Illness: Critical Perspectives (1990). (3rd edition) edited by Peter Conrad and Rochelle Kern. NY: St. Martin's Press.

 

Reprinted in Social Psychology of Health (2003). Pp. 218-226 in Peter Salovey and Alexander J. Rothman (Eds.). NY: Psychology Press.

 

*House, James, Debra Umberson and Karl Landis (1988). "Structures and Processes of Social Support." Pp. 293-318 in W. Richard Scott and Judith Blake (Eds.) Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 14.

 

*Umberson, Debra (1987). "Family Status and Health Behaviors: Social Control as a Dimension of Social Integration." Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 28(3): 306-319.  PMID: 3680922

 

*Umberson, Debra and Michael Hughes (1987). "The Impact of Physical Attractiveness on Psychological Well-being and Achievement." Social Psychology Quarterly 50(3): 227-236.

 

*Umberson, Debra (1986). "Sociobiology: A Valid Explanation of Child Abuse?" Social Biology 33(1-2): 131-137. PMID: 3775434

 

*Lee, Barrett A., Daphne Spain and Debra Umberson (1985). Neighborhood Revitalization and Racial Change: The Case of Washington, D.C." Demography 22(4): 581-602.  PMID: 4076485

 

Published Commentary, Book Reviews, Encyclopedia Entries and Reports

Thomeer, Mieke and Debra Umberson (in press). “Widowhood.” To appear in Alex C. Michalos (Editor), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Springer Publishing.

 

 Lodge, Amy and Debra Umberson (forthcoming). “Family and Mental Health.” To appear in William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella Quah(Editors), The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.

 

Umberson, Debra and Gilbert Gee (2013). “Two Articles on Same-sex Couples and Health: An introduction.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 54:22-23.

 

Giarelli, G., E. Annandale, V. Rabeharisoa, G. Scambler, C. Seale and D. Umberson (2013). “Sociological Theory and Sociology of Health and Medicine in International Journals.” Sciences Sociales et Sante 31:13-35.

 

Umberson, Debra (2010). Review of H. Elizabeth Peters and Claire M. Kamp Dush (Editors), “Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities,” in Contemporary Sociology.

 

Zaligson, Jennifer and Debra Umberson (2007).  “Sex and Mental Health.”  In James T. Sears (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sex, Love and Culture, Volume 6: The 20th and 21st Centuries.  Greenwood Publishing Group.

 

Umberson, Debra (2002).  Review of Allan V. Horwitz, “Creating Mental Illness,” in Journal of Biology.

 

Williams, Kristi and Debra Umberson (2000).  “Mental Health and Social Factors.” Pp. 360-364 in Encyclopedia of Criminology and Deviant Behavior, Clifton D. Bryant, Editor: Paul M. Roman, Section Editor).  Taylor and Francis.

 

Anderson, Kristin and Debra Umberson (1999).  "Child Abuse."  Pp. 223-238 in Lester Kurtz and Jennifer Turpin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace, and Conflict.  San Diego:  The Academic Press.

 

Campbell, Thomas, William Doherty, James S. House, Elizabeth Thomson, Debra Umberson, and Nicholas Zill.  "Families and Health:  Resources and Risk Factors."  Report commissioned by the National Center for Health Statistics, June, 1993.

 

Umberson, Debra (1993).  Review of Pat M. Keith and Robert B. Scheafer (editors), "Relationships and Well-being over the Life Stages" in Contemporary Sociology.

 

Umberson, Debra (1993).  Review of Carol Baines, Patricia Evans and Sheila Neysmith (editors), "Women's Caring: Feminist Perspectives on Social Welfare," in Social Science and Medicine 36(6):835.

 

Umberson, Debra (1992).  Review of Anne Marie Ambert, "The Effect of Children on Parents," in Journal of Marriage and the Family 54(4):1002-1003.

 

Umberson, Debra (1992). Review of Margaret K. Nelson, "Negotiated Care: The Experience of Family Day Care Providers," in Contemporary Sociology 21(1):72-73.

 

Umberson, Debra (1991). Review of Philip A. Cowan and Mavis Hetherington (Editors), "Family Transitions," in Journal of Marriage and the Family 53(4): 9.

 

Umberson, Debra (1989). Commentary:  "Marital Benefits for Men vs. Women." Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality 23(5): 56.

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