Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science
Ingrid Arnet Connidis

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Ingrid Arnet Connidis, Professor

Ph.D. U. Toronto
M.A. UWO
B.A. UWOPersonal Website

Research

Dr. Connidis' primary research interest is family ties and aging. Her work on ambivalence in family ties has been applied to many aspects of family relationships over the life course. She has explored conceptual, research and policy issues related to the connection of family ties to larger social processes and structures including gender and class; gay and lesbian adults' ongoing relationships with their family of origin; sibling ties; and balancing work and family.  

Current Research Projects

Family ties and aging

Recent Activities

July 6 presented "Representations of Ageing: Subject and Object" as part of the Conference Symposium: "Images of Ageing: The Portrayal of Age and Ageing in the International Photography Competition" at the British Society of Gerontology 45th Annual Conference, Stirling, Scotland, UK.

Nov 16 presented "Ambivalence in Family Ties over the Life Course: Progress and Prospects" at Symposium: Mixed Feelings, Mixed Research?: A Decade Review of Research on Intergenerational Ambivalence.” Gerontological Society of America. San Diego

Nov 16 presented "Embedded in Families: Intergenerational & Sibling Ties of Gay & Lesbian Adults" to Gerontological Society of America, San Diego.

Awards

In 2013 Ingrid Connidis was the inaugural co-recipient of the Wiley Alexis Walker Award, National Council on Family Relations, honouring the highly valued professional and personal contributions of Dr. Alexis Walker. The award recognizes influence on and contribution to the field of family studies and the best research in the field of family studies, for “Interview and memoir: Complementary narratives on the family ties of gay adults.” Journal of Family Theory & Review. 2012, 4:2:105-121.

At the 2012 annual conference of the Gerontological Society of America, held in November in San Diego, Ingrid Arnet Connidis was elected a Fellow "In recognition of outstanding achievement and exemplary contributions to the field of gerontology."


In the News

June 15, 2016 "Siblings Matter More as We Grow Older" The Wall Street Journal


Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)

Chapters in books or monographs

(2016) "Sibling Relationships," in A. Goldberg (ed.), Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, Sage.

(2012) "Theoretical Directions for Studying Family Ties and Aging" pp. 35-60 in Rosemary Blieszner and Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford (eds.) Handbook on Families and Aging ABC Clio.

Articles

(2015) “Exploring Ambivalence in Family Ties: Progress and Prospects" Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(1):77-95.

(2014) "Age Relations and Family Ties Over the Life Course: Spanning the Macro-Micro Divide" Research in Human Development.11:291-308

(2012) "Interview and Memoir: Complementary Narratives on the Family Ties of Gay Adults" Journal of Family Theory and Review 4(2):105-121. Winner of 2013 Wiley Alexis Walker Award, National Council on Family Relations.

Selected Presentations

2015

"Commitment and Change: Constants in Family Ties over Time." Keynote Address. International Conference on Aging Families/Changing Families. International Sociological Association Committees on Aging and on Family. Syracuse, NY. USA. June 3-6. For more information, click here.

2014   

"Maintaining Otherness: The Study of Long-term Marriage and Partnerships Among Straight and Gay Couples." British Society of Gerontology, Southampton, UK, September 1-3.

“Part of the Family: The Long-term Ties of Gay and Lesbian Adults.” Barbara Pittard Payne Lectureship in Gerontology. Georgia State University. Atlanta, Georgia. March 13.

2013               

Invited Keynote Address. “Family Ties over the Life-Course: Spanning the Macro-Micro Divide?” Society for the Study of Human Development. 8th Biennial Meeting. Rethinking

"Developmental Science across the Life Span/Life Course: Theory, Methods, and Applications." November 4, 2013. Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“Age Relations, Intergenerational Ties and the Recession.” Presented at the International Symposium on Aging Families. University of Victoria. Victoria, B.C.

"Population Change and Life Course: Strategic Knowledge Cluster." June 3-4, 2013.

2012

 “Embedded in Families: Intergenerational & Sibling Ties of Gay & Lesbian Adults.” Gerontological Society of America. San Diego. November 16.


Thesis Supervision

Supervisory Status:  MA, PhD
PhD Theses

Stephen Lin (jointly supervised with Danièle Bélanger), Exploring Relationship Dynamics: The Care of Vietnamese Migrant Caregivers in Taiwanese Households.

John Rietschlin, Parents for Life: Negotiating Residential Arrangements for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

MA Theses

Lisa Kempston, Support Relations With Neighbours Among Older Adults: The Impact of Family Composition & Gender

Jacquelin Esbaugh, Friendship Support in Old Age: The Effect of Gender and Kin Availability

Lori Campbell, An Enduring Family Tie: The Impact of Marital Status on Sibling Relationships in Mid- and Later Life

Julie McMullin, The Composition of Social Participation Networks in Later Life: The Impact of Parental Status

Judith Rempel, Housing and Living Arrangements of the Elderly: A Profile and Analysis