Western University SociologyFaculty of Social Science
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

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

Recent Activities

Apr. 29 chaired The Role of Child Care for Work and Families session of the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America

Apr. 27 presented Patterson, Verdery and Daw, "Does Age of Experiencing Kin Mortality Predict Educational Attainment?: Adding Life to the Linked Lives Perspective" at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America


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