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Lauren Gaydosh, University of Texas - Austin

Early Life Course Exposure to Family Instability and Adult Health
When Feb 19, 2024
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 1101 Morrill Hall - in-person
Contact Name
Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Presentation

Children live apart from their biological parents for a variety of reasons, ranging from parental death, incarceration, divorce, and remarriage. A large literature demonstrates that such family instability is associated with worse developmental outcomes for children relative to peers who live consistently in two parent families. However, there is limited understanding of the adult physical health consequences of such childhood exposures. We investigate the relationship between childhood exposure to family instability and biomarker measures of physical health in established adulthood using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. We also explore whether the association varies depending on the type and timing of the exposure.

About the Speaker

Dr. Lauren Gaydosh is an Assistant Professor of Sociology, Research Associate at the Population Research Center, and Research Affiliate at the Center on Aging and Population Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary research focuses on better understanding the role of early life environments in shaping health across the life course. This work integrates social, contextual, and biological data from population-based longitudinal studies to examine how inequalities in the social environment are embodied and produce health disparities. 

Seminar Format

Location IN PERSON: 1101 Morrill Hall.  We are requesting advanced registration so that we can track capacity.  Please use this link to RSVP.


Location ONLINE VIA ZOOM: Zoom Registration Link. Upon registration, you will receive an automatically generated email with the direct link for the seminar


  • At the present time, Morrill Hall is not accessible for people who are not able to climb stairs. If accommodations are needed, please send request to meeting organizer ( at least 72 hours prior to the event, if possible, to allow time to discuss and implement alternatives.


COVID-19 Information

MPRC public events for Fall 2023 will be a mix of in person and online via Zoom.  For in person events, all event attendees must follow current protocols


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