Christine Proulx, PhD
PhD, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2006; MS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2002; BA, Regis College, 1999.
- Associations between adults' close relationships and their personal well-being
- Close relationships in mid- and later-life
- Analysis of dyads over time
- Contextual influences on adults' close relationships
My research program emphasizes the longitudinal and dyadic study of marital and family relations, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to adult health and wellbeing. This approach applies cutting edge research methodology to understand such aspects of health and wellbeing as the association between spouses’ marital quality and their personal well-being, and the social and productive engagement of aging adults. The substantive focus of my research concerns adults’ wellbeing and their close relationships. The two primary areas in which I do my work are 1) the association between spouses’ marital quality and their personal well-being and 2) the wellbeing of adults within various roles adopted throughout adulthood. In both these areas, I take a life span approach that acknowledges changing social, psychological, and physical contexts over the lifespan. The focus of my work is inherently interdisciplinary, and while I draw primarily on family studies literature, I also use work in the clinical, social psychological, and health fields.
Currently I am conducting an online survey of couples in which one spouse has fibromyalgia (FMS). Fibromyalgia is a chronic pain condition often described as invisible, partly because it does not manifest itself in a way that is immediately apparent to others but also because its existence and treatment are controversial. My work and that of others demonstrates that FMS impacts marital quality and stability and the psychological wellbeing of both patients and their spouses. The current project is meant to better understand the way spouses support each other and the specific aspects of the disease that are most stressful for both spouses.
- Curl, A. L., Proulx, C. M., *Stowe, J. D., & Cooney, T. C. (in press). Productive and social engagement following driving cessation among older couples. Research on Aging.
- Curl, A. L., *Stowe, J. D., Cooney, T. C., & Proulx, C. M. (2014). Giving up the keys: How driving cessation affects engagement in later life. The Gerontologist, 54, 423-433.
- Cooney, T. C., Proulx, C. M., *Snyder-Rivas, L., & *Benson, J. J. (2014). Role ambiguity among women providing care for ex-husbands. Journal of Women and Aging, 26, 84 - 104.
- Proulx, C. M., Cooney, T. C., *Benson, J. J., & *Snyder-Rivas, L. A. (2013). Caregiving for an ex-husband: Exploring precipitating factors and relational outcomes. In P. Neff Claster & S. L. Blair (Eds.), Visions of the 21st Century Family: Transforming Structures and Identities (Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research, Volume 7) (p. 369-397). London: Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
- Proulx, C. M., & *Snyder-Rivas, L. (2013). The association between individual health and trajectories of marital happiness and problems. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 194- 202.
- Helms, H. M., Supple, A. J., & Proulx, C. M. (2011). Mexican-origin couples in the early years of parenthood: Marital well-being in ecological context. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 3, 67-95.
- Proulx, C. M., & *Snyder, L. A. (2009). Families and health: An empirical resource guide for researchers and practitioners. Family Relations, 58, 489-504.
- Proulx, C. M., Buehler, C., & Helms, H. M. (2009). Moderators of the association between marital hostility and change in spouses’ depression. Journal of Family Psychology, 23, 540-550.
- Proulx, C. M., Helms, H. M., Milardo, R. M., & Payne, C. C. (2009). Friends’ relational support and wives’ family relationships: The role of interference from husbands. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2-3, 195-210.
- Proulx, C. M., & Helms, H. M. (2008). Mothers’ and fathers’ perceptions of change and continuity in their relationships with young adult sons and daughters. Journal of Family Issues, 29, 234-261.
- Proulx, C. M., Helms, H. M., & Buehler, C. (2007). Marital quality and personal well-being: A meta-analysis. Journal of Marriage and Family, 69, 576-593.
- Helms, H. M., Proulx, C. M., Klute, M. M., McHale, S. M, & Crouter, A. C. (2006). Patterns of spouses’ gender-typed attributes and their links with marital quality: A pattern analytic approach. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 23, 843-864.
- Proulx, C., Helms, H. M., & Payne, C. C. (2004). Wives’ domain-specific “marriage work” with friend and spouse: Links to marital quality. Family Relations, 53, 393-404.
- Stress in Families (HDFS 4610)
- Interpersonal Relationships (HDFS 4640)
- Interpersonal Relationships (7640)
- Family Interaction (HDFS 8640)
- Advanced Research Methods (HDFS 9200)
- Forgiveness buoys the spirit -- at least for older women, study shows (Sep. 9, 2015)
- A Happy Marriage Leads to Better Health, Study Finds (Feb. 14, 2014)
- Research Study Examines How Fibromyalgia Affects Marriages (Apr. 27, 2014)
- Women Taking Care of Ex-Husbands (July 13, 2013)
- Angry Husbands Fuel Wives' Depression (Feb. 23, 2010)
- Kyra Sedgwick on Work, Family, and Empty Nests
The Department of Human Development and Family Science offers a PhD in Human Environmental Sciences, with an emphasis area in Human Development and Family Science. The PhD program can lead to careers in research, college or university teaching, or to leadership positions in public and private institutions. Click on the names below to learn more about the doctoral students I have worked with at MU.
- Greg Brooks, PhD (2014), Assistant Professor, Abilene Christian University
- Ashlie Lester, PhD (2013), Assistant Teaching Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, HDFS, MU
- Tyler Jamison, PhD (2012), Assistant Professor, HDFS, UNH
- Jonathon Beckmeyer, PhD (2012), Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Indiana University-Bloomington