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Sarah E. Patterson

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Sarah E. Patterson, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ph.D. Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State UniversityFull CV
M.A. Sociology, Indiana University
B.A. Sociology, Indiana University

Personal website

Sarah E. Patterson’s research addresses whether the institutions of families and work influence family-based attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes. She works in the following areas: Demography; Family; Gender; Life Course and Aging; Parents and Children; Work and Family.

Current Research Projects

Care, Retirement and Wellbeing of Older People across Different Welfare Regimes


In the News

Dr. Sarah Patterson won 1st place in the 2018 Post-doctoral 3 Minute Research Competition.

Mar. 29 "2017 Graduate Exhibition award winners announced" Penn State News

Recent Activities

June 21 panelist in Author-Meets-Readers: Phyllis Moen's Encore Adulthood session of the Work and Family Researchers Network 2018 Conference

June 22 presented Santos and Patterson, "Caregiving Received by Older Adults in Puerto Rico" in the Eldercare, Work, and Families symposium of the Work and Family Researchers Network 2018 Conference

June 22 presented "Work and Caregiving for Older Family Members Across Europe" in the Eldercare, Work, and Families symposium of the Work and Family Researchers Network 2018 Conference


Recent Publications (Past 5 Years)
>for more see Full CV

Peer-Reviewed Articles

(2017) "Gender and the MBA: Differences in Career Trajectories" (with Sarah Damaske and Christen Sheroff) Gender & Society 31(3):310-332

(2017) "Single-parent households and mortality among children and youth" (with Paul R. Amato) Social Science Research 63:253-262

(2016) "The Intergenerational Transmission of Union Instability in Early Adulthood" (with Paul R. Amato) Journal of Marriage and Family 79(3):723-738

(2016) "Assessing Spatial and Temporal Differences in State-Level Child Well-Being Based on Tests of Statistical Significance" (with William P. O’Hare) Child Indicators Research 9(4):191-202

(2015) "Single-parent households and children’s educational achievement: A state-level analysis" (with Paul R. Amato) Social Science Research 53:191-202