Elizabeth Menaghan

Professor Emeritus

Department of Sociology and Center for Human Resource Research, Ohio State University

NLS user since 1986

  • Menaghan, Elizabeth G., and Elizabeth C. Cooksey. 2008. "Well-Being at Mid-Life: Family Predictors of Continuity and Change." Advances in Life Course Research 13: 257-281.
  • Menaghan, Elizabeth G., Lori Kowaleski-Jones, and Frank L. Mott. 1997. "The Intergenerational Costs of Parental Social Stressors: Academic and Social Difficulties in Early Adolescence for Children of Young Mothers." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 38: 72-86.
  • Cooksey, Elizabeth C., Elizabeth G. Menaghan, and Susan M. Jekielek. 1997. "Life-Course Effects of Work and Family Circumstances on Children." Social Forces 76: 637-667.
  • Menaghan, Elizabeth G., and Toby L. Parcel. 1995. "Social Sources of Change in Children's Home Environments: The Effects of Parental Occupational Experiences and Family Conditions." Journal of Marriage and the Family 57: 69-84.
  • Parcel, Toby L., and Elizabeth G. Menaghan. 1994. Parents' Jobs and Children's Lives. New York: Aldine de Gruyter.
  • Menaghan, Elizabeth G., and Toby L. Parcel. 1990. Parental Employment and Family Life. Journal of Marriage and the Family: 1079-1098.
What I learned from NLS data

It is critical to develop a more complex and interactive conceptual model that includes information about prior maternal socio-emotional resources, parental occupational conditions, and family circumstances to understand children's lives as they develop over time. Too often, because data sets emphasize one or two of these at the expense of others, we arrive at partial and sometimes misleading conclusions about how work and family together shape both parents' and children's lives.

Why I chose NLS data

The combination of longitudinal maternal data from the NLSY79 and their children's data beginning in 1986 provides an incredibly rich resource to investigate the processes by which maternal resources, parental occupational experiences, and children's family environments interact to shape child emotional, behavioral, and cognitive outcomes.