Dr. Toni Antonucci Discusses Social Relations: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Wednesday March 23, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Social relations constitute important resources for most people. And yet, it is clear that not all relationships are positive.

In this talk, Dr. Toni Antonucci of the University of Michigan will discuss the types of relationships people have over their life time, who those relationships are with, and the impact of differences in relationship quality. She will talk about both positive and negative aspects of relationships as well as how relationships can influence health and mortality. Dr. Antonucci, a professor in the UM Dept. of Psychology, is the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research Life Course Development Program. Dr. Antonucci studies social relations and health across the life span, including multigenerational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the life span in the United States, Europe, Germany and Japan. Gender and race/ethnic differences in social relations are an important focus of her work.