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Expert on family poverty to deliver presentation

Published: Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 6:46 p.m. CDT

Dr. 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 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 life course transitions of children, adolescents and adults in urban and rural families.

Burton 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.

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.  

This event is sponsored by the Northern Illinois University Collaborative on Early Adolescence. 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.

For more information on the event, contact Laura Pittman at lpittman@niu.edu or 815-753-2485.

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