I-Fen Lin

Position: Professor of Sociology
Phone: 419-372-8517
Email: ifenlin@bgsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

I-Fen Lin’s areas of expertise include family sociology, aging, and survey methods. Much of her work examines parent-child relationships over the life course, with a focus on parents’ investment in children and adult children’s support of their aging parents. Her current projects examine the antecedents and consequences of gray divorce, family caregiving in late life, and discordance in parents' and children's reports of intergenerational transfer.

Recent Publications:

Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, Matthews R. Wright, and Anna M. Hammersmith. 2019. “Depressive Symptoms Following Later-Life Marital Dissolution and Subsequent Repartnering.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 60(2):153-168. doi:10.1177/0022146519839683

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2019. “Early-Life Parent-Child Relationships and Adult Children’s Support of Unpartnered Parents in Later Life.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 74(5):869-880. doi:10.1093/geronb/gby020

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2019. “Sibling Influences, Sibling Similarities, and Parent Care in Late Life.” EurAmerica: A Journal of European and American Studies 49(1):1-30.

Brown, Susan L., I-Fen Lin, Anna M. Hammersmith, and Matthew R. Wright. 2019. “Repartnering Following Gray Divorce: The Roles of Resources and Constraints for Women and Men” Demography 56(2):503-523. doi: 10.1007/s13524-018-0752-x

Hammersmith, Anna M. and I-Fen Lin. 2019. “Evaluative and Experienced Well-being of Caregivers of Parents and Caregivers of Children.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 74(2), 339-352. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw065

Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, and Cassandra Jean Cupka. 2018. “A National Portrait of Stepfamilies in Later Life.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 73 (6):1043-1054. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx150 (Editor’s Choice article)

Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, Matthew R. Wright, and Anna M. Hammersmith. 2018. “Antecedents of Gray Divorce: A Life Course Perspective.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 73(6):1022-1031. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw164

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2018. “Intergenerational Transfer and Reporting Bias: An Application of the MIMIC Model.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 73(1):19-29. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbx080 (Editor’s Choice article)

Brown, Susan L., I-Fen Lin, Anna M. Hammersmith, and Matthew R. Wright. 2018. “Later Life Marital Dissolution and Repartnership Status: A National Portrait.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 73(6):1032-1042. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw051

Lin, I-Fen, Susan L. Brown, and Anna M. Hammersmith. 2017. “Marital Biography, Social Security Receipt, and Poverty.” Research on Aging 39(1):86-110. doi:10.1177/0164027516656139

Zhang, Zhenmei and I-Fen Lin. 2017. “Intergenerational Support among Widowed Older Adults in China.” International Journal of Population Studies 3(1):94-109. doi:10.18063/IJPS.2017.01.003