Center for Family and Demographic Research
Associate Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
I-Fen Lin’s areas of expertise include family sociology, aging, and survey methods. Much of her work examines parent-child relationships over the life course, with a focus on parents’ investment in children and adult children’s support of their aging parents. Her current projects examine the antecedents and consequences of gray divorce, family caregiving in late life, and discordance in parents' and children's reports of intergenerational transfer.
Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. Forthcoming. “Patterns of Coping among Family Caregivers of Frail Older Adults.” Research on Aging.
Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. Forthcoming. “Intergenerational Exchange and Expected Support among the Young-Old.” Journal of Marriage and Family.
Brown, Susan L. and I-Fen Lin. 2012. “The Gray Divorce Revolution: Rising Divorce among Middle-Aged and Older Adults, 1990-2010.” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67(6):731-741.
Lin, I-Fen and Susan L. Brown. 2012. “Unmarried Boomers Confront Old Age: A National Portrait.” The Gerontologist, 52(2): 153-165.
Lin, I-Fen, Holly R. Fee, and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2012. "Negative and Positive Caregiving Experiences: A Closer Look at the Intersection of Gender and Relationship." Family Relations. 61(2):343-358.
Lin, I-Fen and Hsueh-Sheng Wu. 2011. “Does Informal Care Attenuate the Cycle of ADL/IADL Disability and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life?” The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66(5):585-594.
Lin, I-Fen. 2008. “Mother and Daughter Reports about Upward Transfers.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 70(3):815-827.
Lin, I-Fen. 2008. “Consequences of Parental Divorce for Adult Children’s Support of Their Frail Parents.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 70(1):113-128.
Lin, I-Fen and Sara S. McLanahan. 2007. “Parental Beliefs about Nonresident Fathers’ Obligations and Rights.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 69(2):382-398.