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John Henretta

Emeritus Professor, Sociology


  • Ph.D. Sociology, Harvard University, 1974

 Areas of Interest

  • Family Structure and Transfer Behavior
  • Retirement
  • Aging

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My research in the sociology of aging over the last decade has focused on life course dynamics related to retirement, health, family structure, and intergenerational transfers. My primary current projects focus on topics of family intergenerational transfers, family demography, and health.

Recent Publications

Yumiko Kamiya, Martha Doyle, John C. Henretta and Virpi Timonen. (In Press) Early life circumstances and later-life loneliness in Ireland. The Gerontologist.

John C. Henretta, Matthew F. Van Voorhis, and Beth J. Soldo.  (In Press)  Parental money help to children and stepchildren. Journal of Family Issues.  NIHMSID 432763

Yumiko Kamiya, Martha Doyle, John C. Henretta, Virpi Timonen. 2013. Depressive symptoms among older adults: The impact of early and later life circumstances and marital status.  Aging and Mental Health. 17: 349-357.

John C. Henretta, Douglas A. Wolf, Matthew F. Van Voorhis, and Beth J. Soldo. 2012. Family structure and the reproduction of inequality: Parents’ contribution to children’s college costs. Social Science Research. 41: 876-887. PMCID: PMC 3461181

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