Courtney Allyn Polenick
Research Fellow, Psychiatry, Medical School.
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Penn State University
Dr. Polenick is a lifespan developmental psychologist whose research interests include mental health in middle and late adulthood - in particular the interpersonal factors and processes that are beneficial or detrimental to mental health as we age. She examines parent-child and marital relationships in the context of caregiving and the exchange of everyday types of social support, investigating how factors such as gender, beliefs about helping family members, attributions related to a relative's illness, and relationship quality interact to shape psychological well-being.
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Polenick, Courtney Allyn, Kira Birditt, and Frederic C. Blow. 2018. "Couples' Alcohol Use in Middle and Later Life: Stability and Mutual Influence." Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(1): 111-118.
Polenick, Courtney Allyn, Helen C. Kales, and Kira Birditt. 2018. "Perceptions of Purpose in Life Within Spousal Care Dyads: Associations With Emotional and Physical Caregiving Difficulties." Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52(1): 77-87.
Birditt, Kira, Courtney Allyn Polenick, Olga Van Bolt, Kyungmin Kim, Steven H. Zarit, and Karen L. Fingerman. Forthcoming. "Conflict Strategies in the Parent-Adult Child Tie: Generation Differences and Implications for Well-Being." Journals of Gerontology, Series B.
Polenick, Courtney Allyn, Jessica M. Brooks, and Kira Birditt. 2017. "Own and partner pain intensity in older couples: longitudinal effects on depressive symptoms." Pain, 158(8): 1546-1553.
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