FINGERMAN, KAREN L

Karen L Fingerman

Professor
Human Dev & Family Sci, Department of Psychology


kfingerman@austin.utexas.edu

Phone: 512-471-0618

Office Location
SEA HDFS

B.A., Harvard/Radcliffe College (1987)
M.A., University of Michigan (1990)
Ph.D., University of Michigan (1993)
Postdoctoral Fellow School of Medicine Stanford University (1993-1994)

Research Interests

Karen Fingerman is Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences at UT Austin. She studies adult development and aging and is currently the Director of the Aging Network at UT Austin. She also oversees the Graduate Portfolio in Aging & Health.  Dr. Fingerman's research focuses on social and emotional processes across adulthood, health and well-being.

Dr. Fingerman has conducted research and published over 100 papers and chapters regarding parents and children, in-law ties, romantic partners, grandparents and grandchildren, friends, and peripheral social ties. The National Institute on Aging funded her work on problematic social ties across the lifespan. Her current NIA funded studies include: The Family Exchanges Study, a longitudinal study involving middle-aged adults, their romantic partners, grown children and aging parents and The Daily Experiences Study, examining older adults' social relationships, and daily emotional, cognitive and physical activity using ecologically valid methodologies. The Brookdale Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Network on Transitions to Adulthood and the MacArthur Foundation Network on an Aging Society also have funded her work.

Select Publications

 

Heid, A. R.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (forthcoming). Adult children’s responses to parent “stubbornness.” The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbu177

Polenick, C. A.*, Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., Bangerter, L. R.*, Seidel, A. J., & Fingerman, K. L (forthcoming). Intergenerational support and marital satisfaction: Implications of beliefs about helping aging parents. Journal of Marriage and Family.

Fingerman, K. L., Kim, K. *, Tennant, P. S.*, Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (forthcoming). Intergenerational support in a daily context. The Gerontologist.

Davis, E. M.*, Kim, K., & Fingerman, K. L. (forthcoming). Is an empty nest best? Coresidence with adult children and parental marital quality before and after the Great Recession. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Seidel, A. J., Yorgason, J., Polenick, C. A.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (in press). Are you sleeping? Dyadic associations of support, stress, and worries regarding adult children on sleep. The Gerontologist.

Polenick, C. A.*, DePasquale, N.*, Eggebeen, D. J., Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (forthcoming). Relationship quality between older fathers and middle-aged children: Associations with the well-being of both parties. The Journal of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences.

Kim, K., Bangerter, L. R.,* Liu, Y.*, Polenick, C. A.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (forthcoming). Middle-aged offspring’s support to aging parents with emerging disability. The Gerontologist.

Jensen, A. C., Whiteman, S. D., Rand, J.*, & Fingerman, K. F. (forthcoming). You’re just like your dad: Intergenerational patterns of parents’ differential treatment of siblings. The Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Polenick, C. A.*, Seidel, A. J., Birditt, K. S., Fingerman, K. L., & Zarit, S. H. (forthcoming). Filial obligation and marital satisfaction in middle-aged couples. The Gerontologist.

Bangerter, L. R.*, Kim, K.*, Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (forthcoming). Perceptions of giving support and depressive symptoms in late life. The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt210 PMCID: Journal - In Process

Kim, K.*, Birditt, K. S., Zarit, S. H. & Fingerman, K. L., (forthcoming). Capturing between- and within- family differences in parental support to adult children: A typology approach. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbv029

Davis, E.*, & Fingerman, K. L. (forthcoming). Digital dating: online profile content of older and younger adults. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

 

Fingerman, K. L., Kim, K., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2016). The ties that bind: Middle-aged parents’ daily experiences with grown children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 431–450. doi:10.1111/jomf.12273 PMCID: PMC4807606

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y.-P.*, Kim, K.*, Fung, H. H., Han, G., Lang, F. R., Lee, W.*, & Wagner, J. (2016). Parental involvement with college students in Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States. Journal of Family Issues, 37, 1384-1411.

Lee, J. E., Zarit, S. H., Rovine, M. J., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2016). The interdependence of relationships with adult children and spouses. Family Relations, 65, 342-353. doi:10.1111/fare.12188

Fingerman, K. L. (2016). The ascension of parent-child ties in the twenty-first century. The Psychologist, 29, 114-118.

Bangerter, L. R.*, Kim, K.*, Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (forthcoming). Perceptions of giving support and depressive symptoms in late life. The Gerontologist. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt210PMCID: Journal - In Process

Fingerman, K. L., Kim, K.*, Davis, E. M.*, Furstenberg, F. F., Jr., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2015). “I’ll give you the world”: Parental socioeconomic background and assistance to young adult children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 844-865. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12204 PMCID: Journal - In Process

Sherman, S. M.*, Cheng, Y.-P.*, Fingerman, K. L., & Schnyer, D. M. (2015). Social support, stress, and the aging brain. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsv071

Birditt, K. S., Hartnett, C.* Zarit, S. H., Fingerman, K. L., & Antonucci, T. C. (2015). Extending the Intergenerational Stake Hypothesis: Evidence of an intra-individual stake and implications for well-being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 877-888. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12203 PMCID: Journal - In Process

Heid, A.*, Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2015). My parent is so stubborn: Perceptions of aging parents’ insistence, persistence, and resistence. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu177 PMCID: Journal - In Process

Kim, K.*, Zarit, S. H., Fingerman, K. L., & Han, G. (2015). Intergenerational exchanges of middle-aged adults with their parents and parents-in-law in Korea. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77, 791-805. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12185 PMCID: Journal - In Process

Cheng, Y.-P.*, Birditt, K. S., Zarit, S. H., & Fingerman, K. L. (2015). Young adults’ provision of support to middle-aged parents. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 70, 407-416. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbt108 PMCID: Journal - In Process

Kim, K.*, Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., & Fingerman, K. L. (2014). Discrepancy in reports of support exchanges between parents and adult offspring: Within- and between-family differences. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 168–179. doi:10.1037/a0035735 PMCID: 3981929

Sachs-Ericsson, N. J., Selby, E. A., Hames, J. L., Joiner, T. E., Fingerman, K. L., Zarit, S. H., Birditt, K. S., & Hilt, L. M. (2014). Transmission of parental neuroticism to offspring’s depression: The mediating role of rumination. Personality and Mental Health, 8, 306–319. doi:10.1002/pmh.1268

Fingerman, K. L., Sechrist, J., & Birditt, K. S. (2013). Changing views on intergenerational ties. Gerontology, 59, 64-70. doi: 10.1159/000342211. PMCID: – Journal in Process.

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y. P., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. (2012). Only as happy as the least happy child: Multiple grown children’s problems and successes and middle-aged parents’ well-being. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 67, 184-193. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbr086 PMCID 3410695. PMCID: 3410695

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y. P., Wesselmann, E. D., Zarit, S., Furstenberg, F., & Birditt, K. S. (2012). Helicopter parents and landing pad kids: Intense parental support of grown children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 880-896. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00987.x PMCID: Journal in Process

Fingerman, K. L., Gilligan, M., VanderDrift, L., & Pitzer, L. M. (2012). In-law relationships before and after marriage: Husbands, wives, and their mothers-in-law. Research on Human Development, 9, 106-125. PMCID: 3686301

Fingerman, K. L., Pitzer, L. M., Chan, W., Birditt, K. S., Franks, M. M., & Zarit, S. (2011). Who gets what and why: Help middle-aged adults provide to parents and grown children. The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66B, 87-98. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbq009 PMCID: 3031309

Fingerman, K. L. & Charles, S. T. (2010). It takes two to tango: Why older people have the best relationships. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 172-176. doi: 10.1177/0963721410370297

  • 2012 Elected Fellow, American Psychological Association
  • 2010-2011 Academic Leadership Program, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC),
  • Purdue University Fellow
  • 2008-2011 Berner Hanley Professor in Gerontology, Purdue University
  • 2006 Star Gerontologist Award, Center on Aging and the Life Course, Purdue University
  • 2003-2008 Berner Hanley University Scholar, Purdue University
  • 2005 Harshman Visiting Lecturer, Guelph, Canada
  • 2005 Elected Fellow, American Psychological Society
  • 2002 Elected Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
  • 2000-2002 Brookdale National Fellow, Brookdale Foundation
  • 1999 Margret Baltes Award for Early Career Achievement in Social and Behavioral Gerontology, Gerontological Society of America
  • 1998 Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Research on Adult Development and Aging, American Psychological Association
  • 1997 Schreyer Institute Award for Innovative Teaching, Pennsylvania State University
  • 1988-1991 National Science Foundation Fellowship for Graduate Study
  • 1989 Barbara Oleshansky Research Prize, University of Michigan
  • 1987-1988 Rotary Scholar, Nairobi, Kenya
  • 1987 Harvard University Undergraduate Commencement Speaker