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Journal Articles


Peng, Siyun, J. Jill Suitor, and Megan Gilligan. 2019. "Maternal Differential Treatment and Psychological Well-being: The Mediating Role of Marital Tension and Sibling Tension?" The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbz158 PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, and Yifei Hou. 2019. "Role of Egos' and Siblings' Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism in Adult Children's Depressive Symptoms: A Within-Family Network Approach." Network Science. doi:10.1017/nws.2019.31 PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, Siyun Peng, Jordan Meyer, and Karl Pillemer. 2019. "Accuracy of Adults Children's Perceptions of Mothers' Caregiver Preferences." The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gny064 PDF

Peng, Siyun, Shawn Bauldry, Megan Gilligan, and J. Jill Suitor. 2019. "Older Mother's Health and Adult Children's Education: Conceptualization of Adult Children's Education and Mother-Child Relationships" SSM-Population Health. doi:10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100390 PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, Siyun Peng, Gulcin Con, and Karl Pillemer. 2018. "Conflict with Mothers and Siblings During Caregiving: Differential Costs for Black and White Adult Children." The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx149 PDF

Peng, Siyun, J. Jill Suitor, and Megan Gilligan. 2018. "The Long Arm of Maternal Differential Treatment: Effects of Recalled and Current Favoritism on Adult Children's Psychological Well-being." The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw105 PDF

Con, Gulcin, J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, and Marissa Rurka. 2018. "Adult Children's Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism During Caregiving: Comparisons Between Turkey and the U.S." Research on Aging. doi: 10.1177/0164027518785407 PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Karl Pillemer, Karen L. Fingerman, Kyungmin Kim, Merril Silverstein, and Vern L. Bengtson. 2017. "Applying Within-Family Differences Approaches to Enhance Understanding of the Complexity of Intergenerational Relations." The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx037 PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Siyun Peng, Jong Hyun Jung, and Karl Pillemer. 2017. "Role of Perceived Maternal Favoritism and Disfavoritism in in Adult Children's Psychological Well-Being." The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbv089 PDF

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Sangbo Nam, Brianna Routh, Marissa Rurka, and Gulcin Con. 2017. "Family Networks and Psychological Well-Being in Midlife" Social Sciences, 6(3), 94. doi: 10.3390/socsci6030094 PDF

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Marissa Rurka, Gulcin Con, and Karl Pillemer. 2017. "Adult Children’s Serious Health Conditions and the Flow of Support Between the Generations" The Gerontologist, 57(2), 179–190. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv075 PDF

Pillemer, Karl, J. Jill Suitor, Catherine Riffin, and Megan Gilligan. 2017. "Adult Children’s Problems and Mothers’ Well-Being: Does Parental Favoritism Matter?" Research on Aging, 39(3), 375–395. doi: 10.1177/0164027515611464 PDF

Pillemer, Karl, Catherine Riffin, J. Jill Suitor, Siyun Peng, and Cary Reid. 2017. "The Impact of Older Parents' Pain Symptoms on Adult Children?" Pain Medicine, 18(12), 2316-2324. doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw320 PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Siyun Peng, Gulcin Con, Marissa Rurka, and Karl Pillemer. 2016. "My Pride and Joy? Predicting Favoritism and Disfavoritism in Mother-Adult Child Relation." Journal of Marriage and Family,78: 908-925. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12288 PDF

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, and Karl Pillemer. 2015. “Estrangement Between Mothers and Adult Children: The Role of Norms and Values.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(4), 908-920 . doi: 10.1111/jomf.12207  PDF

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Scott Feld, and Karl Pillemer. 2015. “Do Positive Feelings Hurt? Disaggregating Positive and Negative Components of Intergenerational Ambivalence.” Journal of Marriage and Family 77(1), 261-276. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12146  PDF

Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, and Sangbo Nam. 2015. “Maternal Differential Treatment in Later Life and Within-Family Variations in Adult Sibling Closeness.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 70:166-177. PMID: 25324293  PDF

Suitor, J. J., M. Gilligan, K. Johnson, & K. Pillemer. 2014. “Caregiving, Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism, and Tension among Siblings.” The Gerontologist 54(4), 580-588. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt065  PDF

Pillemer, K. & J. J. Suitor. 2014. “Who Provides Care? A Prospective Study of Caregiving Among Adult Children.” The Gerontologist, 54(4), 589-598. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt066.  PDF

Sechrist, J., J. J. Suitor, A. Howard, & K. Pillemer. 2014. “Perceptions of Equity, Balance of Support Exchange, and Mother-Adult Child Relations." Journal of Marriage and Family 76:285-299. PMID: 24683270  PDF

Suitor, J. J., M. Gilligan, K. Johnson, & K. Pillemer. 2014. "How Widowhood Shapes Adult Children’s Responses to Mothers’ Preferences for Care." The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 69:95-102. PMID: 23825053  PDF

Gilligan, M., J. J. Suitor, S. Kim, & K. Pillemer. 2013. “Differential Effects of Perceptions of Mothers' and Fathers' Favoritism on Sibling Tension in Adulthood.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. 68: 593-598. PMID:23689996  PDF

Suitor, J. J., M. Gilligan, & K. Pillemer. 2013. “Continuity and Change in Mothers’ Favoritism toward Offspring in Adulthood.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 75: 1229–1247. NIHMS499795  PDF

Suitor, J. J., M. Gilligan, & K. Pillemer. 2013. “The Role of Violated Caregiver Preferences in Psychological Well-Being when Older Mothers Need Assistance.” The Gerontologist 53:388-396. PMID:23689996  PDF

Fingerman, K., K. Pillemer, M. Silverstein, & J. J. Suitor. 2012. "The Baby Boomers' Intergenerational Relationships." The Gerontologist 52:199-209. PMID:22250130  PDF

Pillemer, K., C. L. Munsch, T. Fuller-Rowell, C. Riffin, & J. J. Suitor. 2012. “Ambivalence toward Adult Children: Differences between Mothers and Fathers.” Journal of Marriage and Family 74:1101-1113.  PDF

Riffin, C., J. J. Suitor, M. C. Reid, & K. Pillemer. 2012. “Chronic Pain and Parent–Child Relations in Later Life: An Important, but Understudied Issue.” Family Science: 1–11. PMID:23280120  PDF

Sechrist, J., J. J. Suitor, C. Riffin, K. Taylor-Watson, & K. Pillemer. 2011. “Race and Older Mothers' Differentiation: A Sequential Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis.” Journal of Family Psychology 25: 837-846. PMID: 21967639  PDF

Sechrist, J., J. J. Suitor, N. Vargas, & K. Pillemer. 2011. “The Role of Religious Similarity in the Quality of Parent-Child Relations: Differences within Families and Between Races.” Research on Aging 33:3-27. PMID: 21221411  PDF

Suitor, J. J., M. Gilligan, & K. Pillemer. 2011. “Conceptualizing and Measuring Intergenerational Ambivalence in Later Life.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 66B: 769-781. PMID: 22002969  PDF

Pillemer, K., J. J. Suitor, S. Pardo, & C. Henderson, Jr., 2010. "Mothers’ Differentiation and Depressive Symptoms among Adult Children." Journal of Marriage and Family 72:333-345. PMID: 20607119  PDF

Suitor, J. J., J. Sechrist, M. Plikuhn, S. Pardo, M. Gilligan, & K. Pillemer. 2009. “The Role of Maternal Favoritism in Sibling Relations in Midlife.” Journal of Marriage and Family 71:1026-1038. PMID: 20104251  PDF

Pillemer, K., & J. J. Suitor. 2008. “Collective Ambivalence: Considering New  Approaches to the Complexity of Intergenerational Relations.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 63:S94-96. PMID:19092049  PDF

Suitor, J. J., J. Sechrist, M. Plikuhn, S. Pardo, & K. Pillemer. 2008. “Within-Family Differences in Parent-Child Relations across the Life Course.” Current Directions in Psychological Science 17:334-338.doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8721.2008.00601.x  PDF

Pillemer, K. J. J. Suitor, S. Mock, M. Sabir, & J. Sechrist. 2007. “Capturing the Complexity of Intergenerational Relations: Exploring Ambivalence within Later-Life Families.” Journal of Social Issues 63:775-791. doi: 10.1111/j.1540-4560.2007.00536.x  PDF

Suitor, J. J., J. Sechrist, & K. Pillemer. 2007. “Within-Family Differences in Mothers’ Support to Adult Children in Black and White Families.” Research on Aging 29: 410-435. doi: 10:1177/0164027507303636.  PDF

Suitor, J. J., & K. Pillemer. 2007. “Mothers’ Favoritism in Later Life: The Role of Children’s Birth Order.” Research on Aging 29:32-55. doi: 10:1177/0164027506291750.  PDF

Suitor, J. J., J. Sechrist, & K. Pillemer. 2007. “When Mothers Have Favorites: Conditions under Which Mothers Differentiate among Their Adult Children.” Canadian Journal on Aging 26:85-99.  PDF

Pillemer, Karl, and J. Jill Suitor. 2006. “Making Choices: A Within-Family Study of Caregiver Selection.” The Gerontologist 46:439-448.  PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Jori Sechrist, Michael Steinhour, and Karl Pillemer. 2006. “ ‘I’m Sure She Chose Me!’ Consistency in Intergenerational Reports of Mothers’ Favoritism in Later-Life Families.” Family Relations 55:526-538.  PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, and Karl Pillemer. 2006. “Choosing Daughters: Exploring Why Mothers Favor Adult Daughters over Sons.” Sociological Perspectives 49:139-160. PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, Karl Pillemer, and Jori Sechrist. 2006. “Within-family Differences in Mothers’ Support to Adult Children.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 61B: S10-S17.  PDF

Suitor, J. Jill, and Karl Pillemer. 2000. "Did Mom Really Love You Best? Exploring the Role of Within-Family Differences in Developmental Histories on Parental Favoritism." Motivation and Emotion 24:104-119.  PDF


Selected Book Chapters and Encyclopedia


Suitor, J. Jill and Megan Gilligan. In press. “Applying Mixed-Method Designs to the Study of Family Relations.” Sourcebook of Family Theories and Methodologies. Adamson, Few-Demo, Proulx and Roy (Eds.) NY: Springer.(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Marissa Rurka, Gulcin Con, and Yifei Hou. In press. “Theories of Aging.” Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology.(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Peng, Siyun, Merril Silverstein, J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, Woosang Hwang, Sangbo Nam, and Brianna Routh. In press. “Use of Communication Technology to Maintain Intergenerational Contact: Toward an Understanding of ‘Digital Solidarity.” Connecting Families? Information & Communication Technologies in a Life Course.(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Rurka, Marissa, J. Jill Suitor, Gilligan Megan, Siyun Peng, Gulcin Con, and Yifei Hou. In press. Continuity and Change in Adult Children’s Perceptions of Maternal Favoritism: Consequences for Relationships With Siblings In Midlife” in The Psychology of Rivalry. Sybil Hart and Nancy Aaron Jones (Eds.) NY: Nova Press.(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, Siyun Peng, and Marissa Rurka. 2018. “How Much Can Be Expected of One Child? Consequences of Multiplexity of Mothers’ Favoritism on Adult Children’s Psychological Well-Being.” Pp. 263-281 in Together Through Time: Social Networks and the Life Course.  Duane F. Alwin, Diane H. Felmlee, Derek A. Kreager (eds.). NY: Springer.(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, and Siyun Peng. 2018. "Homophily." The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. CA: Thousand Oaks.(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. Jill, Gulcin Con, and Marissa Rurka. 2018. "Adult Children." The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. CA: Thousand Oaks.(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. Jill, Gulcin Con, and Megan Gilligan. 2015. Mixed Methods. In Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. NY: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa160(Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. Jill, Gulcin Con, Kaitlin Johnson, Siyun Peng, & Megan Gilligan. 2015. Parent-Child Relations. In Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. NY: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781118521373.wbeaa161 (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. J., M. Gilligan, & K. Pillemer. 2015. “Stability, Change, and Complexity in Later Life Families.” In Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, 8th Edition, L.K. George & K.F. Ferraro (Eds.). NY: Elsevier/Academic. (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Gilligan, M., J. J. Suitor, & K. Pillemer. 2013 “Recent Economic Distress in Midlife: Consequences for Adult Children’s Relationships with their Mothers.”  Pp. 159-184 in Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Volume 7: Visions of the 21st Century Family—Transforming Structures and Identities. P.N. Claster & S.L. Blair (Eds.), Emerald: Bingley, UK. (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. J., & K. Pillemer. 2013.  “Differences in Mothers’ and Fathers’ Parental Favoritism in Later-Life: A Within-Family Analysis.” Pp. 11-31 In From Generation to Generation: Continuity and Discontinuity in Aging Families, Merril Silverstein and Roseann Giarrusso (Eds.). Johns Hopkins Univ. Press: Baltimore, MD. (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Sechrist, J., J. J. Suitor, K. Pillemer, M. Gilligan, S. Keeton, & A. Howard. 2011. “Aging Parents and Adult Children: Determinants of Relationship Quality.”  In Handbook on Families and Aging, Rosemary Blieszner and Victoria Bedford (Eds.), NY: Praeger. (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Suitor, J. J., J. Sechrist, M. Gilligan, and K. Pillemer. 2011. “Intergenerational Relations in Later-Life Families.” Pp. 161-178 in Handbook of Sociology of Aging, Richard Settersten and Jacqueline Angel (Eds.). NY: Springer. (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Pillemer, K., & J. J. Suitor. 2008. “Intergenerational Support, Care, and Relationship Quality in Later Life: Exploring Within- Family Differences." Pp. 195-232 In A. Booth et al. (Eds.), Intergenerational Caregiving. Washington, D. C.: Urban Institute Press.  (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Pillemer, Karl, Katrin Mueller-Johnson, Steven Mock, J. Jill Suitor, and Mark S. Lachs. 2006. “Prevention of Elder Mistreatment.” Pp. 241-254 in Handbook on Injury and Violence Prevention Interventions. L. Doll et al. (Eds). Secaucus, NJ: Springer.  (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)

Pillemer, Karl, and J. Jill Suitor. 2005. "Ambivalence in Intergenerational Relations over the Life-Course." Pp. 3-28 in Intergenerational Relations Across Time and Place. Merril Silverstein, Roseann Giarrusso & Vern L. Bengtson (eds.) NY: Springer.  (Contact Jill Suitor for copy)


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