Professor of Sociology at Oklahoma State University
Topics of Expertise:
Aging / Cohabitation, Committed Relationships & Marriage / Feminism & Families / Gender & Sexuality / Health & Illness / LGBTQ Partnering & Families / Parenthood: Motherhood/Fatherhood
Prof. Reczek’s research is situated in the fields of family, gender, and health. Her research focuses on articulating how gender, sexuality, and aging processes in family ties promote or deter health. A first strand of research explores how union status matters for health and health behavior for men and women in same-sex and different-sex unions. A second strand of research examines the parent-child tie, with a focus on the consequences of parent-child relationships for the well-being of both generations across the life course. A third strand of research explores how same-sex family structures shape child well-being. Prof. Reczek uses qualitative in-depth interview methods to ascertain processes, mechanisms, and meaning-making, and survey methods to ascertain large-scale population trends.