FESTIVE – F(r)amily Expectations of Social Ties in Various Environments


The FESTIVE lab focuses on Family and Friend Expectations of Social Ties in Various Environments. The overall focus of FESTIVE is to understand variation in older adults’ social environments (family structures, networks, neighborhoods) and health in the United States and cross-nationally to identify options for promoting well-being among aging populations that are particularly vulnerable to social isolation.

Specifically, FESTIVE explores how the presence or absence of family and non-family ties are linked to social support and social integration, and how this process differentially shapes mental health, physical health, end-of-life experiences, and other aspects of well-being across modern and historical cultures and societies.


Contact: Dr. Christine A. Mair