Claire Kamp Dush joined the Evolving Family team as a two-year postdoctoral fellow in August 2005. She was previously a National Institutes on Aging predoctoral fellow in the department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University.  The focus of her work reflects her interest in the development of romantic relationships across the lifespan.  Her research centers on two general themes: 1) understanding romantic relationship quality and stability longitudinally, and 2) examining how romantic relationship experiences shape individual development.  She is currently working on two projects using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.  The first is a descriptive study of the family structure experiences over the first 16 years of life of young adults in the United States.  The second project is a longitudinal examination of how change in the structure of the family of origin affects romantic relationship quality and stability in young adulthood.  She has presented her work at the National Council on Family Relations annual conferences as well as to the International Association of Relationship Research.  Her work has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.  As a member of the Evolving Family Team, she extended her work on family of origin effects in young adulthood and extended her work on family of origin effects in young adulthood and continued her work examining marital and cohabiting relationships. 

Dept. of Human Dev. & Family Science
The Ohio State University
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