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LGBTQ+ Couples in the US: New Evidence and Research Opportunities in the National Couples’ Health and Time Study

When: Thursday, July 18, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: 625 N Michigan Ave, 14th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free.

Contact: Sarah Quain  

Group: Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH)

Category: Academic


Please join us for the July installment of our Current Issues in LGBTQ Health lecture series with Claire Kamp Dush, PhD, and Wendy Manning, PhD. Kamp Dush and Manning will discuss results from the National Couples' Health and Time Study (NCHAT), "the first fully powered, population-representative study of couples in America containing large samples of sexual, gender, and racial and ethnic diverse individuals." 


The National Couples’ Health and Time Study (N =3,642) is a population-representative study of same and different-gender couples in the United States that includes large oversamples of sexual, gender, racial and ethnic diverse persons. Data were collected during the COVID-19 pandemic and includes survey, time diary, contextual, and biological data from respondents and their partners (N = 1515). We will describe the study and present key findings from recent NCHAT papers. Our focus will be on findings that are specific to LGBTQ+ populations including identity centrality, outness, measures of sexual orientation and gender, sources of support, discrimination experiences, social climate and structural heterosexism. All data presented are publicly available and we will review how to access the data.

About the Speakers

Claire Kamp Dush (she/her) is Professor of Sociology and director of the Development Core at the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is a family demographer who studies intimate relationships and their intersection with human development. She is the principal investigator of two population health data collections funded by NICHD - the National Couples' Health and Time Study (with Dr. Wendy Manning) and NIA - the third repeated cross-section of the Work and Family Life Study (with Dr. Miles Taylor). Dr. Kamp Dush is a member of the NIH CSR Social Sciences and Population Studies B study section. She is a passionate teacher and mentor who was awarded the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching at The Ohio State University. She enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family. 

Wendy D. Manning (she/her) is the Dr. Howard E. Aldrich and Penny Daum Aldrich Distinguished Professor of Sociology and co-director of the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University. She is a family demographer focusing on trends in family formation, dissolution, and well-being for individuals identifying as sexual minorities as well as same-gender and different-gender couples. Her research examines social relationships and the health and well-being of children, parents, and adults in the United States. She has contributed to major data collections including the seven-wave Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study and the two-wave National Couples’ Health and Time Use Study.

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