Expert on family poverty to speak Oct. 17

Linda Burton
Linda Burton

Linda Burton, the James B. Duke Professor of Sociology at Duke University, will present a talk titled “Childhood Adultification: A Matter of Risk and Resilience” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Light refreshments will be available starting at 3:30 p.m.

Burton’s research integrates ethnographic and demographic approaches to examine the roles that poverty and intergenerational family dynamics play in the intimate unions of low-income mothers and the accelerated the life course transitions of children, adolescents and adults in urban and rural families.

As she describes the process: “… you have to look at all those angles to see how the good and the bad in their lives fit together.”

She currently serves on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Child Maltreatment Research, Policy, and Practice for the Next Decade: Phase II and the Editorial Board of the American Sociological Review. She was recently inducted into the Sociological Research Association and is also a recipient of the Family Research Consortium IV Legacy Award and the American Family Therapy Academy Award for Innovative Contributions to Family Research.

Burton has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects including directing the ethnographic component of Welfare, Children, and Families: A Three-City Study and being the principal investigator of a multi-site team ethnographic study (Family Life Project) of poverty, family processes, and child development in six rural communities.

Logo of the Collaborative on Early Adolescence at NIUThis event is sponsored by the Northern Illinois University Collaborative on Early Adolescence (NIU-CEA).

The NIU-CEA is a group of NIU faculty and staff with strong interests and expertise in adolescent development. The mission of the NIU-CEA is to support and enhance young adolescent learning and development in the academic, social, emotional, health, cultural and civic areas of their lives.

To learn more about the NIU-CEA’s activities, contact Nina Mounts at (815) 753-6968 or nmounts@niu.edu. For more information on the Oct. 17 event, contact Laura Pittman at (815) 753-2485 or lpittman@niu.edu.

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