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Claire Kamp Dush

Associate Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science

(614) 247-2126
kamp-dush.1@osu.edu

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Biography

Claire Kamp Dush is associate professor of Human Sciences and Sociology (by courtesy appointment), an active affiliate of the Institute for Population Research and graduate studies chair of the graduate program in Human Development and Family Science.

She received her undergrad in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and my masters and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  She has been trained across several social science disciplines.

Since being at Ohio State, her primary collaborators have been developmental psychologist Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, clinical psychologist Galena Rhoades, and sociologist Miles Taylor.

She is a member of the American Sociological Association,  Association for Psychological Science, Council on Contemporary Families, International Association for Relationship Research, National Council on Family Relations, Population Association of America, and the Society for Research on Child Development. She reviews journals in family studies, sociology, psychology, and demography.

Education

  • PhD, Human Development and Family Studies (Gerontology Minor), Pennsylvania State University, 2005
  • MS, Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University, 2002
  • BS, Human Development and Family Studies (French Minor), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999

Areas of Expertise

  • Development of romantic relationships across the lifespan
  • Research centers on two general themes:
    • Understanding romantic relationship quality and stability longitudinally
    • Examining how romantic relationship experiences and transitions shape individual development, including adult and child development
  • Family structure
  • Union quality
  • Formation and dissolution
  • Relationship development
  • Family policy
  • Longitudinal methods

Research

Kamp Dush is an interdisciplinary relationship scientist and family demographer. She is researching a variety of datasets and projects. Further, her students’ research interests also dictate what she works on. Overall, her main research areas include: 1) understanding romantic relationship quality and stability longitudinally, and 2) examining how romantic relationship experiences and transitions shape individual development, including both adult and child development. She also has projects examining union formation across cohorts, the deinstitutionalization of marriage, and the role of chaos in the family. Datasets she or her students might work with to examine their research questions include:

Large, secondary datasets:

  1. Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study
  2. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979
  3. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997
  4. National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 Children and Young Adults
  5. National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
  6. The Marital Instability Over the Life Course
  7. National Survey of Families and Households

Primary dataset:

  1. The New Parents Project : The New Parents Project is a study of dual-earner families in Central Ohio experiencing their initial transition to parenthood. This longitudinal study of 182 couples includes five waves. Data was collected in the form of self-report questionnaires, video-taped couple and parent-child interactions, and time-diaries. This study was funded by the National Science Foundation and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. This project is co-led by Dr. Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan and Kamp Dush.

Honors

  • 2014 Distinguished Teaching Award, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University
  • 2011 Scholar of the Year Award, Department of Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
  • 1999 B.S. conferred with Honors, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 1999 Orville G. Bentley Undergraduate Research Award, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Grants

  • 9/2007 - 8/2012, Principal Investigator. The Predictors and Consequences of Cohabitation Dissolution versus Divorce. K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award: Population Research, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (1K01HD056238-01). Total costs: $581,717.
  • 9/2010 - 7/2011, Co-Principal Investigator with Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan. Genetic and environmental contributions to infant socioemotional health and stress responses. Sub-project of the Initiative in Population Research's Population Research Center Grant awarded to The Ohio State University, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R24 HD058484). Total costs: $60,147.
  • 7/2008 - 6/2009, Co-Principal Investigator with Sarah J. Schoppe-Sullivan. The Relationship Contexts of Fathering Behavior Across the Transition to Parenthood in Cohabiting and Married Couples. Sub-project of the Initiative in Population Research's Population Research Center Grant awarded to The Ohio State University, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1 R21 HD047943-01). Total costs: $74,139.
  • 7/2008 - 6/2009, Co-investigator. Principal Investigator: Jean M. Gerard. Couple Relationship Quality and Child Adjustment in Married and Cohabiting Families: The Mediating and Moderating Roles of Mothers' and Fathers' Parenting. National Center for Marriage Research Internal Small Grant, Bowling Green State University. Total costs: $9962.
  • 3/2007 - 12/2008, Principal Investigator. Family Structure Change and the Health and Well-Being of Adults and Children. Population and Health Targeted Investment in Excellence Initiative, The Ohio State University. Direct costs: $30,005.
  • 7/2007 - 6/2008, Principal Investigator. Family Structure Change and the Health and Well-Being of Adults and Children. Sub-project of the Initiative in Population Research's Population Research Center Grant awarded to The Ohio State University, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1 R21 HD047943-01). Total costs: $7475.
  • 4/1998 - 4/1999, Principal Investigator. College students' sexual behavior and attitudes: The influence of religiosity, communication with parents, and parents' religious and sexual attitudes. University of Illinois Jonathan Baldwin Turner Undergraduate Research Program. Total costs: $220

Selected Publications

  1. Altenburger, L. E., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Lang, S. N., Bower, D. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (In Press). Associations between prenatal coparenting relationship and observed coparenting behavior at 9 Months postpartum. Journal of Family Psychology.
  2. Yorgason, J. B., Gavazzi, S. M., Kamp Dush, C. M., Yarcheck, C. M., Chang, S. L., & Stockdale, L. (InPress). Mental health and disrupted family processes in the lives of court involved African American and Caucasian youth being raised by grandparents.  Journal of Family Issues.
  3. Kamp Dush, C. M., Rhoades, G. K., Sandberg-Thoma, S. E., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2014). Commitment across the transition to parenthood among married and cohabiting couples. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 3, 126-136.
  4. Kotila, L. E., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2014). Boy or girl? Maternal psychological correlates of knowing fetal sex. Personality & Individual Differences, 68, 195-198.
  5. Lang, S., Feng, X., Kotila, L. E., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2014). Fathers’ and mothers’ infant engagement patterns in dual-earner families predict toddler competence. Journal of Family Issues, 35, 1107-1127.
  6. Sandberg-Thoma, S. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2014).  Casual sexual relationships and mental health in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 121-131.
  7. Sandberg-Thoma, S. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2014).  Adolescent mental health and relationship progression in emerging adulthood. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76, 191-206.
  8. Kotila, L.E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013). Involvement with children and low-income fathers’ psychological well-being. Fathering, 11, 306-326.
  9. Kotila, L. E., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013). Time in parenting activities in dual-earner families at the transition to parenthood. Family Relations, 62, 795-807.
  10. Lang, S. N., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kotila, L. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013). Daily parenting engagement among new mothers and fathers: The role of romantic attachment in dual-earner families. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 862-872.
  11. Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013).  Marital and cohabitation dissolution and parental depressive symptoms in fragile families. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75, 91-109.
  12. Kamp Dush, C. M., Schmeer, K., & Taylor, M. G. (2013). Chaos as a social determinant of child health: Reciprocal associations? Social Science and Medicine, 95, 69-76.
  13. Zvara, B., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2013). Fathers’ involvement in child health care: Associations with prenatal involvement, parents’ beliefs, and maternal gatekeeping. Family Relations, 62, 649-661.
  14. Kotila, L. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2012). Another baby? Father involvement and childbearing in fragile families. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 976-986.
  15. Bartholomew, M., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Glassman, M., Kamp Dush, C. M., & Sullivan, J. (2012). New parents’ Facebook use at the transition to parenthood.  Family Relations, 61, 455-469.
  16. Kamp Dush, C. M. & Taylor, M. G. (2012). Trajectories of marital conflict across the life course: Predictors and interactions with marital happiness trajectories. Journal of Family Issues, 33, 341-368.
  17. Lee, M. A., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2012). Parenting perfectionism and parental adjustment. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 454-457.
  18. Kamp Dush, C. M. (2011).  Relationship-specific investments, chaos, and cohabitation dissolution following nonmarital birth. Family Relations, 60, 586-601.
  19. Kamp Dush, C. M., Kotila, L. E., & Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J. (2011). Predictors of supportive coparenting after relationship dissolution among at-risk parents. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 356-365.
  20. Rhoades, G. K., Kamp Dush, C. M., Atkins, D., Stanley, S., & Markman, H. (2011). Breaking up is hard to do: The impact of unmarried relationship dissolution on mental health and life satisfaction. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 366-374.
  21. Adkins, K. S., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2010). The mental health of mothers in and after violent and controlling unions. Social Science Research, 39, 925-937.
  22. Hart, S. A., Petrill, S. A., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2010).  Genetic influences on language, reading, and mathematical skills in a national sample: An analysis in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth.  Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, 41, 118-128.
  23. Birditt, K. S., Fingerman, K. L., Lefkowitz, E. S., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2008).  Parents perceived as peers:  Development and correlates of a filial maturity measure.  Journal of Adult Development, 15(1), 1-12.
  24. Kamp Dush, C. M., Taylor, M. G., & Kroeger, R. A. (2008).  Marital happiness and psychological well-being across the life course. Family Relations, 57(2), 211-226.
  25. Fingerman, K. L., Hay, E. L., Kamp Dush, C. M., Cichy, K., & Hosterman, S. (2007).  Parents’ and offspring’s perceptions of change and continuity when parents experience the transition to old age.  Advances in Life Course Research, 12, 275-306.
  26. Wethington, E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2007).  Assessments of parenting quality and experiences across the life course.  Advances in Life Course Research, 12, 123-152.
  27. Kamp Dush, C. M., & Amato, P. R. (2005).  Consequences of relationship status and quality for subjective well-being.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 22, 607-627.
  28. Kamp Dush, C. M., Cohan, C. L., & Amato, P. R. (2003).  The relationship between cohabitation and marital quality and stability:  Changes across cohorts?  Journal of Marriage and Family, 65, 539-549.

Books/Book Chapters/Encyclopedia Entries:  Published

  1. Schoppe-Sullivan, S. J., Kamp Dush, C. M., & Bower, D. J.1 (2013). Forecasting U.S. parents’ perceptionsof early coparenting using the prenatal Lausanne Trilogue Play. In N. Favez, F. Frascarolo-Moutinot, & H. Tissot (Eds.), Naitre et grandir au sein de la triade le développement de l’alliance familiale (pp. 121-139). Brussels, Belgium: De Boeck.
  2. Kamp Dush, C. M. (2009).  An examination of child well-being in stable single parent and married families.  In H. E. Peters & C. M. Kamp Dush (Eds.) Marriage and Family: Perspectives and Complexities.  New York City, NY:  Columbia University Press.
  3. Kamp Dush, C. M. (2009).  Change in romantic relationships over time.  In H. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Human Relationships.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.
  4. Peters, H. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (2009).  An introduction to marriage and family:  Complexities and perspectives.  In H. E. Peters & C. M. Kamp Dush (Eds.) Marriage and Family:Perspectives and Complexities.  New York City, NY: Columbia University Press.
  5. Peters, H. E., & Kamp Dush, C. M. (Eds.) (2009).  Marriage and Family:  Perspectives and Complexities. New York City, NY: Columbia University Press.