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Dr. Zhen Cong
Zhen Cong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies
806-742-3000, ext.232 - Office 507-I


Research Methods, Quantitative Methods


Aging; rural aging; diversity in aging; migration; the well-being of the elderly and their family members; intergenerational relations; grandparenting; extended family negotiation.

Social and psychological impacts of disasters.

Recent Publications:

Cong, Z., Liang, D., Luo, J. (forthcoming). Effectiveness of emergency preparedness plans in severe tornadoes. American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Cong, Z., Silverstein, M. (forthcoming). Parents’ preferred caregivers in rural China: Gender, migration, and intergenerational exchanges. Ageing & Society.

Silverstein, M., Cong, Z., (forthcoming). Grandparents caring for grandchildren in rural China: The importance of family structure and personal resources. Generations.

Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Z. and Hale, T.W. (2013). Depression, sleep quality, and maternal well-being in postpartum women with a history of sexual assault: A comparison of breastfeeding, mixed-feeding, and formula-feeding mothers. Breastfeeding Medicine, 8(1), 16-22.

Cong, Z., Silverstein, M. (2012). A vignette study on elders’ gendered filial expectations in rural China: Children’s migration, child care responsibilities, and actual support provided. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(3), 510-525.

Cong, Z., Silverstein, M. (2012). Caring for grandchildren and intergenerational support in rural China: A gendered extended family perspective. Ageing & Society, 32, 425-450.

Cong, Z., Feng, D., Liu, Y., Esperat, C. R. (2012). Sedentary behaviors among Hispanic children: Influences of parental support in a school intervention program. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(5), 270-280. 

Cong, Z. and Silverstein, M. (2011). Intergenerational exchange between parents and migrant and nonmigrant sons in Rural China. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 93-104.

Cong, Z., and Silverstein, M. (2011). Parents’ depressive symptoms and support from sons and daughters in Rural China. International Journal of Social Welfare, 20 (Special), S4-S17.

Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Z. and Hale, T.W. (2011). The Effect of Feeding Method on Sleep Duration, Maternal Well-being, and Postpartum Depression. Clinic Lactation, 2, 2, 22-26.

Hale, T.W., Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Z., Votta, R. and McCurdy, F. (2010). Discontinuation Syndrome in Newborns Whose Mothers Took Antidepressants While Pregnant or Breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Medicine, 5, 283-288.

Kendall-Tackett, K., Cong, Z. and Hale, T.W. (2010). Mother-Infant Sleep Locations and Nighttime Feeding Behavior. Clinic Lactation, 1, 1, 27-30.

Cong, Z. and Silverstein, M. (2010). Which sons live with their older parents in rural China? The role of migration and intergenerational exchanges. Family Sciences, 1, 67-71.

Cong, Z., Silverstein, M. (2008). Intergenerational support and depression among elders in rural China: Do daughters-in-laws matter? Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 599-612.

Cong, Z., Silverstein, M. (2008). Intergenerational time-for-money exchanges in rural China: Does reciprocity reduce depressive symptoms of older grandparents? Research in Human Development, 5, 6-25.

Silverstein, M., Cong, Z., & Li, S. (2006). Intergenerational transfers and living arrangements of older people in rural China: Consequences for psychological well-being. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 61(B), S256-S266.

Book chapters

Thomese, F. & Cong, Z. (forthcoming). Families in ageing Netherlands and ageing China: Redefining intergenerational contracts in lengthened lives. Bristol, UK: The Policy Press.

Cong, Z. & Silverstein, M. (2011). Grandparenting in rural China. In Mehta, K. & L. L. Leung (eds.), Experiencing Grandparenthood: An Asian Perspective (pp.109-127). New York: Springer.

Feng, D., Cong, Z., Silverstein, M. (2012). Missing values in longitudinal analysis. In Newsom, J. T., Jones, R. N., Hofer, S. M. (eds.), Longitudinal data analysis: A practical guide for researchers in aging, health, and social sciences (pp. 71-96). New York: Routledge.

Silverstein, M., Cong, Z., & Li, S. (2007). Grandparents who care for their grandchildren in rural China: Benefactors and beneficiaries. In Cook, I., & Powell, J. (Eds.), New Perspectives on China and Aging (pp.49-71). Nova Science Publishers, New York.