Katherine Conger *

Katherine Conger

Position Title
Emerita Professor of Human Development and Family Studies


Research Interests 
The quality and course of sibling relationships; sibling influences on competence and maladjustment, interpersonal processes in families with an emphasis on the linkages between family stress and adolescent adjustment; effects of economic hardship on families and individuals, observational research methods

Selected Publications 

Martin, M.J and Conger, K.J. (2018) The Family Transitions Project: An Intergenerational Study of Three Generations. Intergenerational Continuity of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior, chapter 14.

Conger, K. J. (2011). Economic hardship, parenting, and family stability in a cohort of rural adolescents. In K. E. Smith & A. R. Tickamyer (Eds.), Economic Restructuring and family well-being in rural America, pp. 158-174. State College, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.  

Schofield, T. J., Martin, M., Conger, K. J., Neppl, T. K., Donnellan. M. B., & Conger, R. D., (2011). Intergenerational transmission of adaptive functioning: A test of the interactionist model of SES and human development. Child Development, 82, 33-47. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01539.x. (Reuben Hill award for family research, NCFR 2012).

Conger, K. J., Martin, M. J., Reeb, B. T., Little, W. M., Craine, J. L., Shebloski, B., & Conger, R. D. (2012). Economic hardship and its consequences across generations In V. Maholmes & R. B. King (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Child Development and Poverty, (pp. 37-53). New York: Oxford University Press.

Schofield, T. J., Conger, R. D., Conger, K. J., Martin, M. J., Brody, G., Simons, R., & Cutrona, C.  (2012). Neighborhood disorder and children’s antisocial behavior: The protective effect of family support among Mexican American and African American families. American Journal of Community Psychology50, 101-113.

Conger, K. J., Conger, R. D., Russell, S. R., & Hollis, N. D. (2013). Parenting during the transitions to adulthood. In C. Stroud, T. Mainero, & S. Olsen (Rapporteurs); Board on Children, Youth, and Families; Institute of Medicine; National Research

Reeb, B. T., Conger, K. J., & Martin, M. M. (2013). Economic Strain Exacerbates the Effect of Paternal Depressed Mood on Hostile Parenting. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 263-270.

Conger, K. J. (2013). Beyond tattling: What can siblings tell us about adolescent behavior? Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 151-153.

Dang, M., Conger, K. J., Miller, E., & Breslau, J. (August, 2014). Exploring protective factors among homeless youth: The role of natural mentors. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(3), 1121-1138 | DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2014.0133.

Reeb, B. T., Wu, E. Y., Martin, M. M., Gelardi, K. L., Chan, S. Y., & Conger, K. J. (2014). Long-term effects of fathers’ depressed mood on youth internalizing symptoms in early adulthood. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 151-162.DOI: 10.1111/jora.12112

Hollifield, C. R., & Conger, K. J. (2015).  The Role of Siblings and Psychological Needs in Predicting Life Satisfaction during emerging adulthood.  Journal of Emerging Adulthood, 3, 1-11. doi: 10.1177/216769814561544.

Reeb, B. T., Chan, S. Y., Conger, K. J., Martin, M. J., Hollis, N. D., Serido, J., & Russell, S. (in press, 2015). Prospective effects of family cohesion on alcohol-related problems in adolescence: Similarities and differences by race/ethnicity. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  doi: 10.1007/s10964-014-0250-4

Masarik, A. S., Martin, M. J., Ferrer, E., Lorenz, F. O., Conger, K. J., & Conger, R. D. (in press, 2015). Couple behavior and resilience to economic pressure over time and across generations. Journal of Marriage and Family.

Conger, K. J., Reeb, B. T., Chan, S. Y S. (2015, in press). Racial ethnic youth in rural America: Theoretical perspectives, conceptual challenges, and future directions. In L. Crockett & G. Carlo (Eds.), Rural ethnic minority youth and families in the United States: Theory, research and applications.  Springer.