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Dr. Richard Settersten

Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair,
Oregon State University

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Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

Dr. Richard Settersten


Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair,
Oregon State University

Bio

I am Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University, and Head of the School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences.

I have always been interested in how societies, and the people in them, perceive and organize the life course:

· How they splice up life into different periods and what they call them
· What the expectations are about the events and transitions that are supposed to happen in them
· What marks movement out of one period and into another
· How institutions related to education, work, and family, and how social policies, reinforce these expectations
· What happens when people’s lives don’t match the expectations, or find themselves “off time”

I have also long been interested in how historical events and times leave their imprint on life options and pathways as people grow up and older.

Education

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois, United States
Ph.D., 1992
human development, social policy, sociology

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ageism
  • Anti-Aging
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Attitude Toward Self Aging
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Societal Perceptions of the Aged Population
  • Concerns of Old Age
  • Demography
  • Developmental Changes
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Retirement
  • Social Roles
  • Social Support
  • Welfare
  • Widowhood
  • Work and Occupation

Discipline

  • Sociology