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. Forthcoming. “Depressive Symptoms Following Later-Life Marital Dissolution and Subsequent Repartnering.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. Forthcoming. “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.

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

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.

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.

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

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2014. “Activity Limitations, Use of Assistive Devices or Personal Help, and Well-being: Variation by Education.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 69(7):16-25.

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2014. “Patterns of Coping among Family Caregivers of Frail Older Adults.” Research on Aging 36(5):603-624.

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2014. “Intergenerational Exchange and Expected Support among the Young-Old.” Journal of Marriage and Family 76(2):261-271.

Lin, I-Fen, Holly R. Fee, and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2012. "Negative and Positive Caregiving Experiences: A Closer Look at the Intersection of Gender and Relationship." Family Relations 61(2):343-358.

Lin, I-Fen and Susan L. Brown. 2012. “Unmarried Boomers Confront Old Age: A National Portrait.” The Gerontologist 52(2):153-165.

Brown, Susan L. and I-Fen Lin. 2012. “The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce among Middle-Aged and Older Adults, 1990-2010.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 67(6):731-741.

Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2011. “Does Informal Care Attenuate the Cycle of ADL/IADL Disability and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life?” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 66(5):585-594.

Lin, I-Fen. 2008. “Mother and Daughter Reports about Upward Transfers.” Journal of Marriage and Family 70(3):815-827.

Lin, I-Fen. 2008. “Consequences of Parental Divorce for Adult Children’s Support of Their Frail Parents.” Journal of Marriage and Family 70(1):113-128.