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Valarie King

Valarie King

Professor of Sociology, Demography, and Human Development & Family Studies

Director, Family Demography Training Program, Population Research Institute

415 Oswald Tower
University Park , PA 16802
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Office Phone: (814) 863-8716

Curriculum Vitae

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Education:

  1. Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1993

Research and Teaching Interests

Professor King specializes in family, aging, and social demography. Current research focuses on relationships between fathers and their children, relationships between grandparents and grandchildren, and the influence of parental divorce on children. She teaches sociology of the family, family policy, and sociology of aging.

Professional Awards and Achievements

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 1988-1991
  • NIA Postdoctoral Fellow, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1993-1995
  • Roy C. Buck Award for the best social science article by junior faculty member, Penn State, 2000, for "Are religious grandparents more involved grandparents?" Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 1999, 54B, S317-S328
  • Brookdale Foundation National Fellowship and Grant for "Life Course Determinants and Consequences of Grandparenting," 1998-2000
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Family Issues, 1999-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Marriage and Family, 2000-present
  • Council Member ASA Family Section (2004-07)
  • Secretary/Treasurer, NCFR Research & Theory Section (2005-2007)
  • Principal Investigator, 6-year NICHD grant (2003-2009) "Nonresident Father Involvement and Child Well-Being"
  • Principal Investigator, NICHD grant (2009-2014) "Family Demography Training"
  • Principal Investigator, 2 year NSF grant (2012-2014) "Relationships with Step-fathers and Child Well-being"

Selected Publications

  • King, V. (1994). "Nonresident Father Involvement and Child Well-Being: Can Dads Make a Difference?." Journal of Family Issues 15:78-96. |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. (1994). "Variation in the Consequences of Nonresident Father Involvement for Children's Well-Being." Journal of Marriage and the Family 56:963-972. |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. and G.H. Elder (1995). "American Children View Their Grandparents, Linked Lives Across Three Rural Generations." Journal of Marriage & the Family 57(1):165-178. |Journal Home Page|
  • Elder, G.H. , V. King and R.D. Conger (1996). "Attachment to Place and Migration Prospects: A Developmental Perspective." Journal of Research on Adolescence 6:397-425. |Journal Home Page|
  • Elder, G.H. , V. King and R.D. Conger (1996). "Intergenerational Continuity and Change in Rural Lives: Historical and Developmental Insights."International Journal of Behavioral Development 19(2):433-455. |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. and G.H. Elder (1997). "The Legacy of Grandparenting: Childhood Experiences with Grandparents and Current Involvement with Grandchildren." Journal of Marriage & the Family 59(4):848-859. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. , G.H. Elder and L.B. Whitbeck (1997). "Religious Involvement among Rural Youth: An Ecological and Life Course Perspective."Journal of Research on Adolescence 7(4):431-456. |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. and G.H. Elder (1998). "Perceived Self-Efficacy and Grandparenting." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 53B(5):S249-S257. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. and G.H. Elder (1998). "Education and Grandparenting Roles." Research on Aging 20(4):450-474. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. , S.T. Russell and G.H. Elder (1998). "Grandparenting in Family Systems: An Ecological Perspective." In Szinovacz, M. (Ed.) ,Handbook on Grandparenthood. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. (pp. 53-69)
  • King, V. and G.H. Elder (1999). "Are Religious Grandparents More Involved Grandparents?." Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences54B(6):S317-S328. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. and H.E. Heard (1999). "Nonresident Father Visitation, Parental Conflict, and Mother's Satisfaction: What's Best for Child Well-Being?."Journal of Marriage & the Family 61(2):385-396. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • Elder, G.H. , R.D. Conger , V. King , L.S. Matthews , D. Mekos , S.T. Russell and M.J. Shanahan (2000). Children of the Land: Adversity and Success in Rural America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • King, V. , G.H. Elder and R.D. Conger (2000). "Church, Family, and Friends." In Elder, G.H. and R.D. Conger (Eds.) , Children of the Land: Adversity and Success in Rural America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (pp. 151-163)
  • King, V. , G.H. Elder and R.D. Conger (2000). "Wisdom of Ages." In Elder, G.H. and R.D. Conger (Eds.) , Children of the Land: Adversity and Success in Rural America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (pp. 127-150)
  • King, V. (2002). "Parental Divorce and Interpersonal Trust in Adult Offspring." Journal of Marriage and Family 64(3):642-656. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. (2003). "The Influence of Religion on Fathers' Relationships With Their Children." Journal of Marriage and Family 65(2):382-395. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. (2003). "The Legacy of a Grandparent's Divorce: Consequences for Ties Between Grandparents and Grandchildren." Journal of Marriage and Family 65(1):170-183. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. , M. Silverstein , G.H. Elder , V.L. Bengtson and R.D. Conger (2003). "Relations with Grandparents: Rural Midwest versus Urban Southern California." Journal of Family Issues 24(8):1044-1069. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. , K.M. Harris and H.E. Heard (2004). "Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Nonresident Father Involvement." Journal of Marriage and Family66(1):1-21. |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. and M.E. Scott (2005). "A Comparison of Cohabiting Relationships Among Older and Younger Adults." Journal of Marriage and Family67(2):271-285. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • Sobolewski, J.M. and V. King (2005). "The Importance of the Coparental Relationship for Nonresident Fathers' Ties to Children." Journal of Marriage and Family 67(5):1196-1212. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • Hawkins, D.N. , P.R. Amato and V. King (2006). "Parent-Adolescent Involvement: The Relative Influence of Parent Gender and Residence."Journal of Marriage and Family 68(1):125-136. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. (2006). "The Antecedents and Consequences of Adolescents' Relationships with Stepfathers and Nonresident Fathers." Journal of Marriage and Family 68(4):910-928. PMCID: PMC2239256?? |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. and J.M. Sobolewski (2006). "Nonresident Fathers' Contributions to Adolescent Well-Being." Journal of Marriage and Family68(3):537-557. PMCID: PMC2239255?? |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • Hawkins, D.N. , P.R. Amato and V. King (2007). "Nonresident Father Involvement and Adolescent Well-Being: Father Effects or Child Effects?."American Sociological Review 72(6):990-1010. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • King, V. (2007). "When Children Have Two Mothers: Relationships With Nonresident Mothers, Stepmothers, and Fathers." Journal of Marriage and Family 69(5):1178-1193. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • Scott, M.E. , A. Booth , V. King and D.R. Johnson (2007). "Postdivorce Father-Adolescent Closeness." Journal of Marriage and Family69(5):1194-1209. |Abstract| |Journal Home Page|
  • Hawkins, D.N., Amato, P.R., & King, V. (2007).  Nonresident Father Involvement and Adolescent WellBeing: Father Effects or Child Effects?  American Sociological Review, 72, 990-1010.
  • Mitchell, K.S., Booth, A., & King, V. (2009).  Adolescents with Nonresident Fathers: Are Daughters More Disadvantaged than Sons?   Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 650-662.  PMCID: PMC2790204 [Winner of the Best New Professional Research Article Award from the Men-in-Families Focus Group, National Council on Family Relations, 2010]
  • King, V. (2009). Stepfamily Formation: Implications for Adolescent Ties to Mothers, Nonresident Fathers, and Stepfathers.  Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 954-968.  PMCID: PMC2786204
  • King, V. (2010).  The Influence of Religion on Ties Between the Generations.  In C. G. Ellison and R. A. Hummer (Eds.), Religion, Families, and Health: Population-Based Research in the United States (pp. 86- 105).  New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • King, V., Mitchell, K.S., & Hawkins, D.N. (2010).  Adolescents with Two Nonresident Biological Parents: Living Arrangements, Parental Involvement, and Well-Being.  Journal of Family Issues, 31, 3- 30.  PMCID: PMC2799032
  • Booth, A., Scott, M.E., & King, V. (2010). Father Residence and Adolescent Problem Behavior: Are Youth Always Better Off in Two-Parent Families?  Journal of Family Issues, 31, 585-605.  PMCID: PMC2849115
  • Cheadle, J.E., Amato, P.R., & King, V.  (2010). Patterns of Nonresident Father Contact.  Demography, 47, 205-225.  PMCID: PMC2858317
  • Pearce-Morris, J., & King, V.  (in press). The Well-Being of Children Living with Interethnic Parents: Are They at a Disadvantage?”  Journal of Family Issues.  NIHMSID: NIHMS321799
  • McGene, J., & King, V.  (in press). Implications of New Marriages and Children for Coparenting in Nonresident Father Families. Journal of Family Issues.  NIHMSID: NIHMS342313

Research Interests:

Family Specialization in Sociology:

Father-child relationships, grandparent-grandchild relationships, child well-being, religion and family behavior

Demography:

Inter-generational relations, family demography, life course and aging

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