Westminster College Assistant Professor Published in the Journal of Family Issues

Thursday, August 8, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Rena C. Zito, Westminster College assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies, was recently published in the Journal of Family Issues.

"Family Structure History and Teenage Cohabitation: Instability, Socioeconomic Disadvantage, or Transmission?" uses nationally-representative survey data to analyze the complex pathways that link childhood family structure experiences to family functioning, peer contexts, and, ultimately, living with a romantic partner during the teenage years.

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The Journal of Family Issues, a SAGE publication, is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal featuring research and theory on marriage and family life.

Zito joined the faculty in 2012 after earning a Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University. She has published other research on families and youth behavior in the Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, Sociological Perspectives, and the Journal of Marriage and Family.  

Contact Zito at 724-946-6032 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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Dr. Rena C. Zito, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice studies