Family, Marriage, and Parenting

Mariage, Parenting and Flourishing

The project on family,  marraige, and parenting aims to carry out original empirical research on marital and family stability and on parenting and how these relate to relational, health, and life outcomes for spouses and children. The project also aims to summarize the most rigorous research in this area that employs longitudinal designs to examine how decisions about marriage, divorce, parenting, and family structure relate to human flourishing outcomes such as health, happiness, character, meaning and purpose in life, financial stability, and close social relationships.


Publications on Family and Marriage

Chen, Y., Haines, J. Charlton, B., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Positive parenting improves multiple aspects of health and well-being in young adulthood. Nature Human Behavior, 3:684-691.

VanderWeele, T.J., Mathur, M.B., and Chen, Y. (2019). Media portrayals and public health implications for suicide and other behaviors. JAMA Psychiatry, 76:891-892.

Mathur, M. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Finding common ground in meta-analysis “wars” on violent video games. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 14:705–708.

Chen, Y. Kubzansky, L., and VanderWeele, T.J. (2019). Parental warmth and flourishing in mid-lifeSocial Science and Medicine, 220:65-72.

Im, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). The role of first-year maternal employment and paternal involvement in behavioral and cognitive development of young children. Infant Mental Health Journal, 39(4):449-465.

Li, S., Kubzansky, L.D., VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Religious service attendance, divorce, and remarriage among U.S. Nurses in mid and late life. PLoS One, 13(12): e0207778.

Chen, Y. and VanderWeele, T.J. (2018). Associations of religious upbringing with subsequent health and well-being from adolescence to young adulthood: an outcome-wide analysisAmerican Journal of Epidemiology, 187:2355–2364.