Karen L. Fingerman



HDFS Faculty
Office: SEA 2.326


Office: 512-471-0618
Fax: 512-475-8662


Work: kfingerman@austin.utexas.edu

Research Interests

Karen Fingerman studies adult development and aging. Currently, she is the director of the Family Exchanges Study, a longitudinal study of middle-aged adults, their young adult offspring, and aging parents.  Her work also has examined in-law ties, romantic partners, grandparents and grandchildren, friends, and peripheral social ties. The National Institute on Aging and the MacArthur Network on Transitions to Adulthood, and the MacArthur Network on an Aging Society have funded her work. Her research has drawn on survey methods, observational studies, experimental paradigms, daily diary, and salivary hormone data collection.

Select Publications

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y.-P.*, Kim, K.*, Fung, H. H., Han, G., Lang, F. R., Lee, W.*, & Wagner, J. (in press). Parental involvement with college students in Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, and the United States. Journal of Family Issues.

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y.-P.*, Cichy, K. E., Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. H. (2013). Help with “strings attached”: Offspring perceptions that middle-aged parents offer conflicted support. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 68, 902–911. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbt032 PMCID: 3805292

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y. P.*, Birditt, K. S., & Zarit, S. (2012). Only as happy as the least happy child: Multiple grown children’s problems and successes and middle-aged parents’ well-being. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 67, 184-193. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbr086 PMCID 3410695. PMCID: 3410695

Fingerman, K. L., Cheng, Y. P.*, Wesselmann, E. D.*, Zarit, S., Furstenberg, F., & Birditt, K. S. (2012). Helicopter parents and landing pad kids: Intense parental support of grown children. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 880-896. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00987.x PMCID: Journal in Process

Birditt, K. S., Tighe, L.A.*, Fingerman, K. L., & Zarit, S. H. (2012). Intergenerational relationship quality across three generations. Journal of Gerontology, Sciences Social, 67, 627–638, doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs050.  PMCID:  3536553.

Fingerman, K. L., Gilligan, M.*, VanderDrift, L.*, & Pitzer, L. M. (2012). In-law relationships before and after marriage:  Husbands, wives, and their mothers-in-law. Research on Human Development, 9, 106-125. PMCID: 3686301

Current Grants

Family Exchanges Study II (2011-2016), National Institute on Aging (R01AG027769). Principal Investigator: Karen Fingerman.

Supplement to the Family Exchanges II Study (2012-2013), MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society. Principal Investigator: Karen Fingerman.