Center for Family and Demographic Research
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ph.D., Harvard University, 2009
Dr. Halpern-Meekin’s work explores the experiences of adolescents in relationship education programs. This work makes use of original data collected from high schools in multiple sites in the United States. Other projects include examining the relationship views and experiences of adolescents and unmarried parents, the experiences of unmarried parents in a relationship education program, the consequences of premarital experiences for marital quality and stability, and the relationship between complex two-parent family structures and adolescent well-being for boys versus girls.
Halpern-Meekin, S., Manning, W. D., Giordano, P C., & Longmore, M. A. (Forthcoming). "Relationship Disruptions, Physical Conflict, and Verbal Abuse in Young Adult Relationships.” Journal of Marriage and Family.
Halpern-Meekin, S., Manning, W. D, Giordano, P. C., & Longmore, M. A. (Forthcoming). "Relationship Churning in Young Adulthood: On/Off Relationships and Sex with an Ex.” Journal of Adolescent Research.
Halpern-Meekin, S. Forthcoming. “School Variation in Students’ Experiences in High School Relationship and Marriage Education Courses.” Journal of Family Issues.
Laura Tach and Sarah Halpern-Meekin. 2012. “Premarital Cohabitation, Nonmarital Childbearing, and Divorce Decisions: How Does Marital Quality Matter?” Family Relations 61: 575-581.
Sarah Halpern-Meekin. 2012. “Unlikely Optimists, Skeptics, and Believers: Understanding Adolescents’ Prospective Relationship Views.” Journal of Adolescent Research 27 (5): 606-631.
Halpern-Meekin, S. (2011). High school relationship and marriage education: A comparison of mandated and self-selected treatment. Journal of Family Issues, 32(3), 394-419. doi: 10.1177/0192513X10383944
Tach, L., & Halpern-Meekin, S. (2009). How does premarital cohabitation affect trajectories of marital quality? Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 298-317.
Halpern-Meekin, S., & Tach, L. (2008). Heterogeneity in two-parent families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 435-451.