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Research and Teaching Interests
My research focuses broadly on intergenerational relationships across the life course and their implications for the health, well-being, and development of family members. Ongoing projects include examining the factors that promote the development of strong ties between children and their stepfathers, understanding the ways in which stepfathers can promote children’s well-being, and understanding how the transition to stepfamily living affects mother-child relationships. I enjoy collaborating with graduate students on research projects and have published extensively with them. I teach courses on family sociology, family policy, and the sociology of aging.
Selected Recent Publications with Current and Former Graduate Students
King, V., Boyd, L.M., & Thorsen, M.L. (2015). Adolescents’ Perceptions of Family Belonging in Stepfamilies. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 761-774. PMCID: PMC4495965
Thorsen, M.L., & King, V. (2016). My Mother’s Husband: Factors Associated with How Adolescents Label their Stepfathers. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 33, 835-851. PMCID: PMC5006938
King, V., & Lindstrom. R. (2016). Continuity and Change in Stepfather-Stepchild Closeness Between Adolescence and Early Adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 730-743. PMCID: PMC4852548
King, V., & Boyd. L.M. (2016). Factors Associated with Perceptions of Family Belonging among Adolescents. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 1114-1130. PMCID: PMC5054750
King, V., Boyd, L.M., & Pragg, B. (2018). Parent-Adolescent Closeness, Family Belonging, and Adolescent Well-Being Across Family Structures. Journal of Family Issues, 39, 2007-2036. PMCID: PMC5966042
King, V., Lindstrom, R., & Washington, C. (2019). Patterns of Shared Religious Attendance and Positive Stepfamily Functioning. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 29, 357-368. NIHMS963852
King, V., Pragg, B., & Lindstrom, R. (in press). Family Relationships during Adolescence and Stepchildren's Educational Attainment in Young Adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family.