Gender and couple relationships explored in new publication

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Gender dynamics and the future of marriage are the focus of a new publication edited by Penn State faculty.

“Gender and Couple Relationships” was edited by Susan McHale, director of the Social Science Research Institute and distinguished professor of human development and family studies and demography; Valarie King, director of the family demography training program in the Population Research Institute and professor of sociology, demography, and human development and family studies; Jennifer Van Hook, director of the Population Research Institute and professor of sociology and demography; and the late Alan Booth, distinguished emeritus professor of sociology, human development, and demography.

The publication is based on Penn State's 2014 Annual Symposium on Family Issues and includes chapters focused on the relationships of married, cohabitating, male/female, and same-sex couples, as well as on the changing impacts of work, parenting, and the health benefits of marriage for men and women.

Chapters by an interdisciplinary mix of scholars document the social roles of women and men, including how they have changed over past decades with an aim to advance research on families in fields ranging from psychology and sociology to demography and economics, as well as inform the work of policy makers and practitioners who are focused on families.

The publication is available from Springer in both print and electronic form at


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Last Updated August 25, 2016