Linda J. Waite
B.A. Michigan State University, 1969
M.A. University of Michigan, 1970
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1976
Linda Waite is the Lucy Flower Professor in Urban Sociology.
Waite's current research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, the link between biology, psychology and the social world.
Waite's current research focus on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a study which has at its core a national survey of older adults first interviewed in 2005 and 2006. A second interview is planned for NSHAP respondents and their partners in 2010.
Director, Center on Aging at N.O.R.C.; Co-Director, MD/PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Aging; Member, Scientific Advisory Board, eHarmony Labs.
Waite, Linda J., James Iveniuk and Edward O. Laumann. Forthcoming. "Social Connectedness at Older Ages, and Implications for Health and Well-Being." In Agnew, C. R. & South, S. C. (Eds.), Interpersonal relationships and health: Social and clinical psychological mechanisms. New York: Oxford University Press.
Kim, Juyeon and Linda J. Waite. Forthcoming. "The Economic Downturn and the Family: Moving In, Moving Out, and Financial Well-Being." In K. Couch, M. Daly, and J. Zissimopolous Eds., Unexpected Lifecycle Events and Economic Security: the Roles of Job Loss, Disability, and Changing Family Structure. Palo Alto, Calif.: Stanford University Press.
Waite, Linda J. (Editor). 2012. Perspectives on the Future of Sociology of Aging. Washington, DC: National Research Council. York Cornwell, Erin and Linda J. Waite. 2012. "Social Network Resources and Management of Hypertension." Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 53(2):215-231.
Luo, Ye, Louise Hawkley, Linda J. Waite, and John Cacioppo. 2012. “Loneliness, Health, and Mortality in Old Age: A National Longitudinal Study.” Social Science and Medicine. Forthcoming.
Luo, Ye, Tracey A. LaPierre, Mary Elizabeth Hughes, and Linda J. Waite. 2011. Grandparents Providing Care to Grandchildren: A Population-Based Study of Continuity and Change. Journal of Family Issues. Forthcoming.
Luo, Ye and Linda J. Waite. 2011. “Mistreatment and Psychological Well-Being among the Elderly: Exploring the Role of Psychosocial Resources and Deficits.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66B(2):217-229. PMID: 21239415.
Das, Aniruddha, Edward O. Laumann, and Linda J. Waite. 2011. “Sexual Expression over the Life Course: Results from Three Landmark Surveys.” In J. Delamater and L. Carpenter (Eds.) Sex for Life: From Virginity to Viagra, How Sexuality Changes Throughout our Lives. New York: New York University Press.
Waite, Linda J. 2010. “One Thing I Know: Sexuality Has No Expiration Date.” Contexts. Summer. http://contexts.org/articles/summer-2010/sexuality-has-no-expiration-date/
Waite, Linda J. and Aniruddha Das. 2010. “Families, Social Life and Well-Being at Older Ages.” Demography, 47(Supplement): S87-S109. PMID: 21302422.
Lee, Yun Suk and Linda J. Waite. 2010. “How Appreciated do Wives Feel for the Housework They Do?” Social Science Quarterly, 91(2): 476-492.
Waite, Linda J. and Alisa C. Lewin. 2010. “Religious Intermarriage and Conversion in the United States: Patterns and Changes over Time.” Pp. 148-163 in Ellison, C., and R. Hummer (Co-editors). Religion, Families, and Health in the United States: New Directions in Population-Based Research. New Brunswick, NJ:Rutgers University Press.
Hughes, Mary Elizabeth and Linda J. Waite. 2009. “Marital Biography and Health at Midlife.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 50(3): 344-358. PMCID: PMC19711810.
Waite, Linda J., Edward O. Laumann, Aniruddha Das, L. Philip Schumm. 2009. “Sexuality: Measures of Partnerships, Practices, Attitudes, and Problems in the National Social Life, Health and Aging Study.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 64B(S1): i56-i66. PMCID: PMC2763521.
Cornwell, Erin York and Linda J. Waite. 2009. “Measuring Social Isolation among Older Adults Using Multiple Indicators from the NSHAP Study.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 64B(S1):i38-i46. PMCID: PMC2800811.
Cornwell, Erin York and Linda J. Waite. 2009. “Social Disconnectedness, Perceived Isolation, and Health among Older Adults.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior. 50:31-48. PMCID: PMC2756979.
Waite, Linda J. 2009. “Marriage.” Pp. 2:256-265 in D. Carr, R. Crosnoe, M.E. Hughes, and A. Pienta (Eds.) Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Farmington Hills, MI:Gage.
Waite, Linda J., Edward O. Laumann, and Aniruddha Das. 2009. “Sexual Activity, Later Age.” Pp. 3:362-366 in D. Carr, R. Crosnoe, M.E. Hughes, and A. Pienta (Eds.), Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development. Farmington Hills, MI:Gage.
Waite, Linda J. 2009. “Marital History and Well-Being at Older Ages.” Pp. 691-704 in P. Uhlenberg (Ed.), International Handbook of the Demography of Aging. Springer-Verlag.
Waite, Linda J., Ye Luo, and Alisa Lewin. 2009. “Marital Happiness and Marital Stability: Consequences for Psychological Well-Being.” Social Science Research. 38:201-212.
Hawkley, Louise C., Mary Elizabeth Hughes, Linda J. Waite, Christopher M. Masi, Ronald A. Thisted, John T. Cacioppo. 2008. “From Social Structural Factors to Perceptions of Relationship Quality and Loneliness: The Chicago Health, Aging, and Social Relations Study.” Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 63B (6):S375-S384. PMCID: PMC2769562.
Laumann, Edward O., Sara Leitsch, and Linda J. Waite. 2008. "Elder Mistreatment in the U.S.: Prevalence Estimates from a Nationally-Representative Study." Journals of Gerontology:Social Sciences. 63B(4):S248-S254. PMCID: PMC2756833.
Waite, Linda J. and Melissa Kenney Howe. 2008. "The Family." Pp. 309-340 in James Q. Wilson and Peter H. Schuck (Eds.), Understanding America. New York: PublicAffairs.
Lindau, Stacy Tessler, Philip Schumm, Edward O. Laumann, Wendy Levinson, Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh, and Linda J. Waite. 2007. "A National Study of Sexuality and Health Among Older Adults in the U.S." New England Journal of Medicine. 357(8):762-774. PMCID: PMC2426743.