Recipients of PSC Small Grant Awards

Grandparenting and later-life relationships with a partner and adult children

Heejung Jang

Heejung Jang

Dr. Jang’s research interest revolves around the effects of social engagement (caregiving/grandparenting, working, volunteering, etc.) on health and well-being in later life. She is interested in how various family structures, cultural characteristics, and neighborhood effects influence older adults’ well-being. Her current work investigates how potential individual mechanism and neighborhood integration would affect older adults’ health, particularly among older immigrant grandparent caregivers.

Select Publications

Tang, Fengyan, Heejung Jang, Elizabeth A. Mulvaney, Jane Seoyoon Lee, Donald Musa, and Scott Beach. Forthcoming. “Mental Health among Older Adults with Caregiving Needs: The Role of Social Networks.” Social Work Research.

TANG, FENGYAN, Heejung Jang, MARY BETH RAUKTIS, DONALD MUSA, and SCOTT BEACH. 2019. “The race paradox in subjective wellbeing among older Americans.” Ageing and Society, 39(3): 568-589.

Jang, Heejung, Fengyan Tang, Ernest Gonzales, Yung Soo Lee, and Nancy Morrow-Howell. 2018. “Formal volunteering as a protector of health in the context of social losses.” Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(8): 834-848.