Updated July 2016


Selected Publications:



Giddens, Anthony, Mitchell Duneier, Richard Appelbaum, and Deborah Carr. 2016. Introduction to Sociology, 10th edition. New York: W. W. Norton. (Previous edition published in 2009, 2011, 2013).


Giddens, Anthony, Mitchell Duneier, Richard P. Appelbaum, and Deborah Carr. 2014. Essentials of Sociology, 5th ed. New York: W. W. Norton (Previous editions published in 2008, 2010 & 2012).


 Carr, Deborah. 2014. Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.


Carr, Deborah (Ed.). 2009. Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (with associate editors Robert Crosnoe, M. E. Hughes, and Amy Pienta). Farmington Hills MI: Thomson/Gale.


    For an overview of Encyclopedia, see:   “Preface” and “List of Articles & Contributors."


Halpert, Julie and Deborah Carr. 2008. Making Up with Mom: Why Mothers and Daughters Disagree About Kids, Careers, and Casseroles (and What to Do About It). New York: Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press.


Carr, Deborah, Randolph Nesse, and Camille B. Wortman (Eds.). 2006. Spousal Bereavement in Late Life. New York: Springer Publishing.

    For an excerpt, see:   Carr, Deborah, Camille B. Wortman and Randolph M. Nesse. 2006. “Understanding Late Life Widowhood: New Directions in Research, Theory, and Practice.” Pp. 3-18 in Spousal Bereavement in Late Life, edited by Deborah Carr, Randolph Nesse, and Camille B. Wortman. New York: Springer.


Carr, Deborah, Anu Pemmarazu, and Dorothy Rice. 1996. Improving Data on the Aging Population: Summary of a Workshop. Washington, D.C.: National Academy Press.


Selected Articles & Chapters


Sharp, Shane, Deborah Carr, and Kathryn Pager. Forthcoming. “Gender, Race, and Use of Prayer to Manage Emotions.” Sociological Spectrum.


Perrig-Chiello, Pasqualina, Stefanie Spahni, François Höpflinger, and Deborah Carr. .2016. “Cohort and Gender Differences in Psychosocial Adjustment to Later-Life Widowhood.”  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 71: 765-774.


Reczek, Corinne, Tetyana Pudrovska, Deborah Carr, and Debra Umberson. 2016. “Men’s and Women’s Alcohol Trajectories across the Gendered Marital Biography.” Journal of Health & Social Behavior 57: 77-96.


Carr, Deborah, Jennifer C. Cornman, and Vicki A. Freedman. 2016. “Marital Quality and Negative Experienced Well-Being: An Assessment of Actor and Partner Effects Among Older Married Persons.Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 71: 177-187.


Carr, Deborah. 2016.Is Death ‘The Great Equalizer’? The Social Stratification of Death Quality in the Contemporary United States.” The ANNALS: American Academy of Political and Social Research 663: 331-354.


Fried, Eiko, Retha Arjadi, Denny Borsboom, Francis Tuerlinckx, Angélique Cramer, Sacha Epskamp, Maximillian Amshoff, Deborah Carr, Margaret Stroebe, and Claudi Bockting. 2015. “Network Versus Latent Variable Explanations of the Relation between Bereavement and Depressive Symptoms.” Journal of Abnormal Psychology 124: 256-265.


Carr, Deborah & Tetyana Pudrovska. 2015. “Marital Quality and Health.” Pp. 512-517 in International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.), edited by James Wright. New York: Elsevier.


Crandall, Carolyn J., Arun S. Karlamangla, Sharon Stein Merkin, Neil Binkley, Deborah Carr, Gail A. Greendale, and Teresa Seeman. 2015.  “Adult Bone Strength of Children from Single-Parent Families: The Midlife in the U.S. Study.” Osteoporosis International 26: 931-942.


Carr, Deborah. 2015. “Editorial.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 70: 179-180.


Carr, Deborah, Vicki A. Freedman, Jennifer C. Cornman, and Norbert Schwarz. 2014. “Happy Marriage, Happy Life?  Marital Quality and Subjective Well-Being in Later Life.” Journal of Marriage and Family 76: 930-948.


Moorman, Sara, Deborah Carr, and Kathrin Boerner. 2014. “The Role of Relationship Biography in Advance Care Planning.” Journal of Aging and Health 26: 969-992

Boerner, Kathrin, Daniela Jopp, Deborah Carr, Laura Sosinsky, and Se-Kang Kim. 2014. “’His’ and ‘Her’ Marriage? Exploring the Gendered Facets of Marital Quality in Later Life.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 69: 579-589.


Herd, Pamela, Deborah Carr, and Carol Roan. 2014. “Cohort Profile: Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).”  International Journal of Epidemiology. 43. 34-41.


Freedman, Vicki A., Jennifer C. Cornman and Deborah Carr.  2014. “Is Spousal Caregiving Associated with Enhanced Wellbeing?  New Evidence from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.”  Journal of Gerontology, Psychological Sciences.

Lee, Chioun, Vera Tsenkova, and Deborah Carr. 2014. “Childhood Trauma and Metabolic Syndrome in Men and Women.” Social Science & Medicine.

Bodner-Deren, Susan and Deborah Carr. 2014. “Death and Dying: Cross-National Perspectives.” The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society, edited by William C. Cockerham, Robert Dingwall, and Stella R. Quah. New York: John Wiley & Sons.


Richardson, Virginia E., Kate M. Bennett, Deborah Carr, Stephen Gallagher, Jinhyun Kim, and Noelle Fields. 2013. “How Does Bereavement Get Under the Skin? The Effects of Late-Life Spousal Loss on Cortisol Levels.” Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.


 Carr, Deborah, Lauren F. Murphy, Heather D. Batson, and Kristen W. Springer. 2013.  Bigger Is Not Always Better: The Effect of Obesity on Sexual Satisfaction and Behavior of Adult Men in the United States.” Men & Masculinities 6: 452-477.

Carr, Deborah and Debra Umberson.  2013. “The Social Psychology of Stress, Health and Coping.” Pp. 465-487 in Handbook of Social Psychology, 2nd ed., edited by John Delamater and Amanda Ward. New York: Springer.


 Carr, Deborah and Kathrin Boerner. 2013. “The Impact of Spousal Loss on Parent-Child Relations in Later Life: Are Effects Contingent upon the Quality of the Late Marriage?” Family Science 4:37-49.

Carr, Deborah and Kathrin Boerner.  2013. “Dating After Late-Life Spousal Loss: Does it Compromise Relationships with Adult Children?” Journal of Aging Studies 27: 487-498.


Carr, Deborah and Shane Sharp. 2013. “Do Beliefs in an Afterlife Affect Psychological Adjustment to Spousal Loss?” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Carr, Deborah, John Sonnega, Randolph M. Nesse, and James S. House. 2013. “Do Special Occasions Trigger Grief Symptoms among Bereaved Older Spouses?: An Assessment of Clinical Wisdom.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.


Carr, Deborah, Sara Moorman, and Kathrin Boerner. 2013. “End-of-Life Planning in a Family Context: Does Relationship Quality Affect Whether (and With Whom) Older Adults Plan?”Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 68: 586-592.


Pudrovska, Tetyana, Deborah Carr, Michael McFarland, and Caitlyn Collins. 2013. “Higher-Status Occupations and Breast Cancer: A Life-Course Stress Approach.” Social Science & Medicine. 89: 53-61.


Boerner, Kathrin, Deborah Carr and Sara Moorman. 2013.  “Family Relationships and Advance Care Planning: Do Positive Relations Encourage or Hinder Planning?” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 68: 246-256.


Garrido, Melissa M., Ellen L. Idler, Howard Leventhal, and Deborah Carr. 2013. “Pathways from Religion to Advance Care Planning: Beliefs about Control over Length of Life and End-of-Life Values.” The Gerontologist 53: 801-816.


Tsenkova, Vera, Deborah Carr, Christopher Coe, Carol Ryff.  2013. “Anger, Adiposity, and Glucose Control in Nondiabetic Midlife and Older Adults: Findings from MIDUS II.”  Journal of Behavioral Medicine.


Carr, Deborah. 2012. “’I Don’t Want to Die Like That...’: The Impact of Significant Others’ Death Quality on Advance Care Planning.” The Gerontologist  52: 770-781.


Carr, Deborah. 2012. “The Social Stratification of Older Adults’ Preparations for End-of-Life Health Care. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 53: 297-312.

           See also related policy brief.


Carr, Deborah.  2012. “Racial and Ethnic Differences in Advance Care Planning: Identifying Subgroup Patterns and Obstacles.” Journal of Aging & Health 24: 923-947.


Carr, Deborah. 2012. “Death and Dying in the Contemporary United States:  What are the Psychological Implications of Anticipated Death?” Social and Personality Psychology Compass 6/2: 184-195.


Carr, Deborah and Karen Jaffe. 2012. “The Psychosocial Consequences of Weight Trajectories: Evidence from Quantitative and Qualitative Data.” Economics and Human Biology 10: 419-430.


Moorman, Sara, Deborah Carr, Bernard J. Hammes, and Karin T. Kirchhoff. 2012. “Evaluating the Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Program: An Indirect Assessment Using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study.” Death Studies 36: 301-23.


Sharp, Shane, Deborah Carr, and Cameron MacDonald. 2012. “Religion and End-of-Life Treatment Preferences: Assessing the Effects of Denomination, Beliefs, and Practices.” Social Forces 91: 275-298.


Tsenkova, Vera, Deborah Carr, Christopher Coe, and Carol D. Ryff. 2012. “Synergistic Effect of Neuroticism and BMI on Glucose Metabolism in Nondiabetic Adults.”  Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 81: 327-328.


Carr, Deborah. 2011. “Life Course.” Oxford Bibliographies Online, edited by Jeff Manza. New York: Oxford University Press.


Carr, Deborah and J. Shep Jeffreys. 2011. “Spousal Bereavement in Later Life” Pp. 81-92 in Grief and Bereavement in Contemporary Society: Bridging Research and Practice, edited by Robert A. Neimeyer, Howard Winokuer, Darcy Harris and Gordon Thornton. New York: Routledge.


Carr, Deborah. 2011. “Celebrating the Work of Sebastiao Salgado: A Sociological Lens on Salgado’s Documentary Photography.” Sociological Forum 26: 416-417.


Carr, Deborah. 2011. “Racial Differences in End-of-Life Planning: Why Don’t Blacks and Latinos Prepare for the Inevitable?” Omega: The Journal of Death and Dying 63:1-20.


Tsenkova, Vera, Deborah Carr, Dale Schoeller and Carol Ryff. 2011. “Perceived Discrimination Amplifies the Link between Central Adiposity and Nondiabetic Glycemic Control (HBA1C).” Annals of Behavioral Medicine.


Carr, Deborah. 2010. "New Perspectives on the Dual Process Model: What Have We Learned? What Questions Remain?" Omega 61: 373-82.


Carr, Deborah, Yoko Ibuka, and Louise Russell. 2010. “How Much Time Do Americans Spend Seeking Health Care? Racial and Ethnic Differences in Patient Experiences.”  Research in the Sociology of Health Care 28: 71-98.


Carr, Deborah. 2010. "Cheating Hearts." Contexts 9(3): 58-60.


Carr, Deborah and Kristen Springer. 2010. "Advances in Families and Health Research in the 21st Century" Journal of Marriage & Family (Decade in Review special issue) 72: 743-761.


Pay, Manacy and Deborah Carr. 2010. "Do Personality Traits Moderate the Effects of Spousal Loss on Psychological Adjustment?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 51: 183-99.


Carr, Deborah. 2010. "Golden Years? Poverty among Older Adults." Contexts 9(1): 62-63.


Carr, Deborah. 2009. “Widows and Widowers.” Pp. 989-995 in Encyclopedia of Death and the Human Experience, edited by Dennis L. Peck and Clifton D. Bryant. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Carr, Deborah. 2009. "Worries over a Population Implosion." Contexts 8(1): 58-59.

Carr, Deborah and Susan Bodnar-Deren. 2009. “Gender, Aging, and Widowhood.” Pp. 699-723 in International Handbook of the Demography of Aging, edited by Peter Uhlenberg. New York: Springer.


Carr, Deborah. 2009. "Who's To Blame? Perceived Responsibility for Spousal Death and Psychological Distress among Older Widowed Persons." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 50: 359-75.


Carr, Deborah and Kathrin Boerner. 2009. "Do Spousal Discrepancies in Marital Quality Assessments Affect Psychological Adjustment to Widowhood." Journal of Marriage and Family 71: 495-509.


Carr, Deborah and Sara Moorman. 2009.  “End of Life Treatment Preferences among the Young-Old: An Assessment of Psychosocial Influences.” Sociological Forum 24: 754-778.


Khodyakov, Dmitry and Deborah Carr. 2009. “The Impact of Late-Life Parental Death on Sibling Relationships: Do Advance Directives Help or Hurt?” Research on Aging 31: 495-519.


Moorman, Sara, Robert M. Hauser, and Deborah Carr. 2009 "Do Older Adults Know Their Spouses' End-of-Life Treatment Preferences?" Research on Aging 31: 463-491.



Moorman, Sara and Carr, Deborah. 2008. "Spouses’ Effectiveness as End-of-life Health Care Surrogates: Accuracy, Uncertainty, and Errors of Overtreatment or Undertreatment". The Gerontologist 48(6): 811-19.


Carr, Deborah. 2008. “Gender Politics” Contexts 7(4): 58-59.


Carr, Deborah, Karen J. Jaffe and Michael A. Friedman. 2008. "Perceived Interpersonal Mistreatment among Obese Americans: Do Race, Class,, and Gender Matter?" Obesity 16: S60-68.


Russell, Louise B., Yoko Ibuka, and Deborah Carr. 2008. “Everyday Clinical Encounters: Evidence from the American Time Use Survey.” The Patient 1: 211-222.


Carr, Deborah. 2008. “Middle (Aged) Kingdom?” Contexts 7(2): 52-53.


Carr, Deborah and Alena Singleton. 2008. “Life Expectancy.” Pp. 848-52 Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity, and Society, edited by Richard T. Schaefer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Carr, Deborah. 2008. “Keeping the Faith.” Contexts  7(1):52-53


Carr, Deborah. 2007. “The Cost of Kids.” Contexts  6(4):62.


Lee, Min-Ah and Deborah Carr. 2007. “Does the Context of Spousal Loss Affect the Physical Functioning of Widowed Older Persons? A Longitudinal Analysis.” Research on Aging 29: 457-487.

Carr, Deborah. 2007. “The Global Digital Divide” Contexts  6(3):58.

Carr, Deborah, Michael A. Friedman, and Karen Jaffe. 2007. “Understanding the Relationship Between Obesity and Positive and Negative Affect: The Role of Psychosocial Mechanisms.” Body Image 4(2): 165-177.

Carr, Deborah and Dmitry Khodyakov. 2007. "Health Care Proxies in Later Life: Whom Do we Choose and Why?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 48(2): 180-194.


Carr, Deborah. 2007. “Baby Blues” Contexts  6(2):62.


Carr, Deborah. 2007. “Body Work” Contexts  6(1):58.


Carr, Deborah. 2007. “Death & Dying.” Pp. 972-975 in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, edited by George Ritzer. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.


Carr, Deborah and Dmitry Khodyakov. 2007 "End of Life Health Care Planning among the Young-Old: An Assessment of  Psychosocial Influences." Journal of  Gerontology Social Sciences 62B: S135-141.


Pudrovska, Tetyana, Scott Schieman, and Deborah Carr. 2006. "Strains of Singlehood in Later Life: Do Race and Gender Matter?" Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 61: 315-322.


Carr, Deborah. 2006. “Good Grief” Contexts 5(4):22-26.


Carr, Deborah. 2006. “A Few Good Men.” Contexts 5(3): 40.


Carr, Deborah and Michael Friedman. 2006."Body Weight and Interpersonal Relationships." Social Psychology Quarterly 69: 127-49.


Carr, Deborah. 2006. “Monkeying with Science” Contexts 5(2):50.


Carr, Deborah. 2006. “A Place to Call Home.” Contexts 5(1):45.


Ha, Jung-Hwa, Deborah Carr, Rebecca Utz, and Randolph Nesse. 2006. “Older Adults’ Perceptions of Intergenerational Support after Widowhood: How Do Men and Women Differ?” Journal of Family Issues 27: 3-30.


Carr, Deborah. 2005. “Black Death, White Death.” Contexts 4(4): 43.


Carr, Deborah. 2005. "Defining 'Moral.'" Contexts 4(3):15.


Ha, Jung-Hwa and Deborah Carr. 2005. “Parent-Child Geographic Proximity and Older Adults’ Adjustment to Widowhood.” Research on Aging 27(5): 578-610.


Byrne, Anne, and Deborah Carr. 2005. "Caught in the Cultural Lag: The Stigma of Singlehood." Psychological Inquiry 16: 84-91.


Carr, Deborah and Michael Friedman. 2005. "Is Obesity Stigmatizing?  Body Weight, Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Well-Being in the United States.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 46: 244-259.


Carr, Deborah. 2005. "Mothers at Work." Contexts 4(2): 51.


Carr, Deborah. 2005. "The Psychological Consequences of Midlife Men's Social Comparisons with their Young Adult Sons." Journal of Marriage and Family 67: 240-50.


Carr, Deborah. 2005. "Capturing the Youth Vote." Contexts 4(1): 47.


Carr, Deborah. 2005. "Political Polls." Contexts 4(1):31-32.


Carr, Deborah. 2004. "Black/White Differences in Psychological Adjustment to Spousal Loss among Older Adults." Research on Aging 26(6): 591-622.


Carr, Deborah. 2004. "The Desire to Date and Remarry among Older Widows and Widowers." Journal of Marriage and Family 66: 1051-68


Utz, Rebecca, Erin Reidy, Deborah Carr, Randolph M. Nesse, and Camille B. Wortman. 2004. “The Daily Consequences of Widowhood: The Role of Gender and Intergenerational Transfers on Subsequent Housework Performance.” Journal of Family Issues 25(5): 683-712.


Carr, Deborah. 2004. "’My Daughter Has a Career - I Just Raised Babies’: Women’s Intergenerational Social Comparisons." Social Psychology Quarterly 67(2): 132-54.


Carr, Deborah. 2004. “Gender, Pre-Loss Marital Dependence and Older Adults’ Adjustment to Widowhood.” Journal of Marriage and Family 66: 220-35.


Carr, Deborah. 2003. "A 'Good Death' for Whom? Quality of Spouse's Death and Psychological Distress among Older Widowed Persons." Journal of Health and Social Behavior 44: 215-32.


Carr, Deborah (2003) "Psychological well-being across three cohorts: A response to shifting work-family opportunities and expectations? Work and well-being across three cohorts." Pp. 452-484 in How Healthy Are We? A National Study of Well-Being at Midlife, edited by O. G. Brim, Carol D. Ryff, and Ronald C. Kessler. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.


Carr, Deborah. 2002. "Socioeconomic Background and Midlife Health in the United States" Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Volume 22: Economic Outcomes in Later Life: Public Policy, Health, and Cumulative Advantage, edited by Stephen Crystal and Dennis Shea. New York: Springer Publishing Co.


Carr, Deborah and Rebecca Utz. 2002. “Late-Life Widowhood in the United States: New Directions in Research and Theory.” Ageing International, 27 (1): 65-88.


Utz, Rebecca, Deborah Carr, Randolph M. Nesse, and Camille B. Wortman. 2002. "The Effect of Widowhood on Older Adults' Social Participation: An Evaluation of Activity, Disengagement, and Continuity Theories."  The Gerontologist 42(4): 522-33.


Carr, Deborah. 2002. “The Psychological Consequences of Work-Family Tradeoffs for Three Cohorts of Women and Men.” Social Psychology Quarterly 65(2): 103-24.


Carr, Deborah, James S. House, Camille Wortman, Randolph M. Nesse, and Ronald C. Kessler. 2001.  “Psychological Adjustment to Sudden and Anticipated Spousal Death Among the Older Widowed.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 56B(4): S237-48.


Carr, Deborah, James S. House, Ronald C. Kessler, Randolph M. Nesse, John Sonnega, and Camille Wortman. 2000. “Marital Quality and Psychological Adjustment to Widowhood Among Older Adults: A Longitudinal Analysis.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 55B(4):S197-207.


Singer, Burton H., Carol D. Ryff, Deborah Carr, and William Magee. 1998. “Linking Life Histories and Mental Health: A Person-Centered Strategy.” Sociological Methodology 28:1-51.


Carr, Deborah. 1997. "The Fulfillment of Career Dreams at Midlife: Does it Matter for Women's Mental Health.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 38(4): 331-344.


Carr, Deborah. 1996. "Two Paths to Self-Employment? Women's and Men's Self-Employment in the United States, 1980." Work and Occupations 23(1): 26-53.

[Reprinted in Daniel B. Cornfield, Karen Campbell, and Holly McCammon (eds), Restructured Workplaces: Challenges and New Directions for the Sociology of Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. 2001.]