Research

Social Roles, Leisure, and Stress on Well-being and Health in Midlife and Late Adulthood

MIDUS

Midlife in the United States (MIDUS): A National Longitudinal Study of Health & Well-Being. This innovative publically available dataset on the well-being and health of adults in the United States started in the mid 1990s and subsequent waves of data were collect every 10 years thereafter. The MIDUS data consist of survey, questionnaires, daily diary, and biomarkers. Key topics covered in MIDUS include caregiving, work/retirement, stress, leisure, well-being/health, and midlife and late adulthood.

Understanding Parenting (UP) Study

This study aims to identify the caregiving stress and opportunities of working middle-aged couples of sons or daughters with autism spectrum disorders.  Couple and family level data exist. Key topics covered in this study: Caregiving, work, stress, leisure, and well-being/health in midlife and late adulthood.

Resources, Education, and Support for Transition (REST)

Funded by The Columbus Foundation and Ingram-White Castle Foundation, REST is an educational resource program for parents and caregivers of adults with autism spectrum disorders. This project is in collaboration with Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University. Key topics covered in this project: Caregiving, transitions, well-being, and health.

Older Adults’ Leisure-Based Physical Activities Study

In collaboration with colleagues at Appalachian State University, University of Idaho at Moscow, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagin, and Washington University in St. Louis, this study examines the facilitators and constraints associated with leisure-based physical activities in midlife and late-adulthood. This study is funded by the National Recreation and Park Association. Key topics covered in this study: Leisure-based physical activities types, frequency, and participation, caregiving, work, and well-being/health in late adulthood.

Social Leisure for Adults with Disabilities

With funding from the GLOW Foundation, this project implements a social leisure program (improv) in the community for adults with developmental disabilities. This project is in collaboration with Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University. Key topics covered in this project: Community-based leisure activities, social connectedness, and well-being.