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Health in Marriage: Policy Implications of Spousal Illness and Death

Award Year: 2000 Investigator: Nicholas Christakis
There are major gaps in our understanding of how morbidity and mortality in one spouse affect the health and life of the other. Our rapidly aging population coupled with increased chronic disease, will likely result in serious health consequences for elderly individuals with ill or dying spouses. In his project, Dr. Christakis conducts an analysis based on observation, theory, and policy of the relationship between marriage and health.

Care, Work, and Citizenship

Award Year: 1999 Investigator: Deborah Stone
The modern welfare state is shifting its emphasis from assuring income security to addressing needs for direct physical and emotional care through a variety of laws, policies, and institutions. Given the widespread need for care and the fragmented nature of previous efforts to understand and respond to it, Dr. Stone redefines care as a political issue and views it as a civic responsibility and act.