Janjira J. Yahirun


Jenjira J. Yahirun

Position: Assistant Professor of Sociology
Phone: 419-372-2743
Email: yahirun@bgsu.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D., University of California, 2012

CFDR Primary Research Areas: Family Demography and Fertility; Social Relationships and Well-Being

Dr. Yahirun's research examines how the family, as an institution, contributes to social inequality. This work investigates three major themes: 1) how families shape individual health outcomes, 2) how increasing family complexity and diversity challenge the kinship safety net, and 3) how migration affects ties to kin. A cross-cutting theme in this work is that gender, race/ethnicity, and social class stratify access to a variety of resources, with implications for how the “linked lives” of family members contributes to disparities in health and well-being. . 

Recent Publications:

Yahirun, J., Sheehan, C. & Mossakowski, K. Forthcoming. “Black-White Differences in the Association between Offspring College Attainment and Parents’ Depressive Symptoms.” Research on Aging. https://doi.org/10.1177/0164027521997999

Arenas, A., Yahirun, J., Teruel, G., & Ruvalcaba, R. Forthcoming. “Gender, Family Separation, and the Mental Health of Recent Mexican Migrants to the United States.” Journal of Marriage and Family. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12776

Torres, J., Yahirun, J., Sheehan, C., Ma, M., & Sáenz, J. 2021. “Adult Child Socio-Economic Disadvantage and Cognitive Decline among Older Mexican Adults.” Social Science and Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113910

Ma, M., Yahirun, J., Saenz, J. & Sheehan, C. (2021). “Offspring Educational Attainment and Older Parents' Cognition in Mexico.” Demography, 58(1): 75-109https://doi.org/10.1215/00703370-8931725

Thomeer, M., Yahirun, J., & Lopez, A. 2020. “How Families Matter for Health Inequality during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  Journal of Family Theory & Review 12(4): 448-463. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12398

Yahirun, J., Vasireddy, S. & Hayward, M. 2020. The Education of Multiple Family Members and the Life Course Pathways to Cognitive Impairment.” Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 75(7): e113–e128.https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbaa039

Yahirun, J., Sheehan, C. & Mossakowski, K. 2020. “Depression in Later Life: The Role of Adult Children’s Education for Older Parents in the United States.” Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 75(2): 389-402. https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gby135   

Yahirun, J. & Kroeger, R. 2019. “Parent-child Relationships and Interracial First Union Formation in the United States.” Advances in Life Course Research. 42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcr.2019.100307  

Yahirun, J. (2019). “Intermarriage and Mother-Child Relationships.” Social Science Research. 78: 203-214. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.12.005

Yahirun, J. & Arenas, E. (2018). “Offspring Migration and Parents’ Emotional and Psychological Well-being in Mexico.” Journal of Marriage and Family. 80(4): 975-991. https://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12479

Yahirun, J., Park, S. & Seltzer, J. (2018). “Step-grandparenthood in the United States.” Journal of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 73(6): 1055-1065. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geronb/gbx164

Yahirun, J., *Sheehan, C. & Hayward, M. (2017). “Adult Children's Education and Changes to Parents' Physical Health in Mexico.” Social Science and Medicine. 181: 93-101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2017.03.034

Yahirun, J., *Sheehan, C. & Hayward, M. (2016). “Adult Children’s Education and Parents’ Functional Limitations in Mexico.” Research on Aging. 38(3): 322-345. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0164027515620240

Ambugo, E. & Yahirun, J. (2016). “Remittances and Risk of Major Depressive Episode and Sadness among New Legal Immigrants to the United States.” Demographic Research. 34(8): 243-258. http://dx.doi.org/10.4054/DemRes.2016.34.8

Fingerman, K. & Yahirun, J. (2015). “Emerging Adulthood in the Context of Family: Young Adults’ Relationships with Parents.” Oxford Handbook of Emerging Adulthood. Ed. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett. New York: Oxford University Press.