Vern L. Bengtson

Expert on family relations and the sociology of aging

Adjunct Professor, USC School of Social Work

University Professor of Gerontology and Sociology Emeritus


  • changes in family relationships between generations
  • family sociology and life course studies
  • family relations
  • the generation gap
  • grandparenthood
  • survey research methods and quantitative analysis
  • cross-cultural research
  • social psychology
  • theories and sociology of aging
  • healthy aging
  • long-term changes in family relationships

Additional Information

  • Author of The Social Psychology of Aging (1973)
  • Editor of Adulthood and Aging: Research on Continuities and Discontinuities (1996)
  • Co-editor of Adult Intergenerational Relations: Effects of Social Change (1995), Intergenerational Linkages: Hidden Connections in American Society (1994), The Changing Contract across Generations (1993) and The Course of Later Life: Research and Reflections (1989)
  • Recipient, Robert W. Kleemeier Award (1996)
  • President, Gerontological Society of America (1990)

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