Bosick’s current work explores the relationship between criminal offending and the transition to adulthood experiences of urban, at-risk youth. A separate project examines the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the transition to adulthood experiences of a sample of primarily African-American single mothers who were displaced by the storm. Other projects investigate the movement of underrepresented minority students into graduate degree programs, disparities in police reporting among juvenile delinquents, and adolescent predictors of persistent offending.
I conduct research in the areas of family sociology and sociology of aging/gerontology. Most of my work examines aspects of demographic changes in family structure and family transitions in mid-to-late adulthood, and their impact on intergenerational family relationships, life course experiences and individual well-being. A major emphasis is how divorce and remarriage transitions shape the adult life course and late-life family experiences. Within families, I concentrate mostly on intergenerational relationships between adults—parents and adult offspring, grandparents and grandchildren, and most recently marital partners and ex-spouses. Comparative work that examines intergenerational family relationships as influenced by varying cultural practices and policy regimes is an interest as well.
Currently I am working on two projects:
Women as Caregivers for Ex-husbands: This is a qualitative project in which we collected telephone interview data from 21 women across the U.S. who assumed end-of-life care for their ex-husbands. We have published two papers from this project—one examining the role ambiguity women experienced in this role, and another descriptive piece focused on factors motivating such care, and relational antecedents and consequences. Right now we are engaged in coding data regarding past relationship abuse experienced by about half of these women when they were married to these ex-husbands. We are trying to understand how and why women with such relational histories can later assume the care role for these abusive former husbands.
Late life Marriage and Remarriage: This project involves secondary analysis of data from the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a representative study of middle-aged and older Americans. I am finishing a paper that compares the quality of late-life intimate relationships of adults in remarriages and first marriages. This analysis improves on past studies by using a large sample of nationally-representative data and by using a life course framework to consider issues of marriage/remarriage timing and past relational events (e.g., widowhood versus divorce for the remarried persons). In sum, the studies shows few differences in marital quality for the two types of marriage, with the exception of remarried women reporting more positive outcomes than first-married women in a few relationship areas. These data are rich with information on middle-aged and older adults—both personal and relational. I am willing to pursue a variety of issues with students. Also, the study just released a second wave of data so longitudinal work is possible.
Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug is currently working on two research projects.
In one project she is working on a project with Adams County Safe House staff members.
Using focus groups and semi-structured face-to-face interviews, she is hoping to gain an in-depth understanding of how shelter staff constructs their clients’ identities and their narratives as they grapple with the common question: “Why do they stay in or go back to abusive relationships?”
The research, “Safe House Members’ Understanding and Social Construction of Their Clients’ Identities and Accounts” is being supported by a grant from the UCD Center for Faculty Development.
In this research, Dr. Duran plans to answer the following questions:
• Why do shelter staff members believe that these women go back?
• How do shelter staff members describe these women, their lives and the choices they make?
• In working with these women toward empowerment (the shelter’s main goal), what obstacles do they encounter and what role do they attribute to the women in the existence of these obstacles and in giving into them?
These questions will lead to a better understanding of the phenomenon, may result in more focused training of shelter staff and certainly will carry legal and policy implications.
The second project is on Stay Home Fathers and on that I am working with Charlene Shelton, UCD Sociology MA graduate.
Using a phenomenological approach, their aim is to gain an in-depth understanding how fathers who stay home connect with their children how they define their role as “fathers”, what support groups they have, what obstacles they encounter, and how the negotiations are made between mothers and fathers.
Dr. Lucy Dwight is co-authoring a report entitled "Understanding and Responding to Female Juvenile Offenders in Colorado" for the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.
My current research focuses on security in the global context, with a particular focus on the use of surveillance technologies to combat crime in Mexico’s War on Crime. My research in Mexico has been supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded by the Law and Social Science and Science, Technology, and Society programs. I’ve recently had a pair of articles related to this research published in Theory and Society and Law and Society Review. I’m generally interested in the increasing presence of surveillance in contemporary society, the intersection of technology and law, and theories of power and social control. I’ve also written on intimate partner abuse in the past and the effects of arrest and prosecution on changing abusers’ conduct.