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Berit Ingersoll-Dayton

Professor of Social Work

Professor Berit Ingersoll-Dayton is interested in social support and clinical research with respect to families in later life. Within the area of social support, she focuses on positive and negative aspects of support, gender differences, issues of equity and reciprocity, and cross-cultural differences in marital and intergenerational relationships. In relation to clinical research, she has assessed various group interventions with the elderly, intergenerational family therapy approaches, and methods of assisting employed caregivers of the elderly.

Research Interests/Focus

Interpersonal practice, mental health, doctoral program, family social support, gender differences, intergenerational relationships, elderly caregivers

Curriculum Vitae


Year Degree   School
1982 PhD Social Work and Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1981 MA Psychology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1977 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1975 BA Psychology Oberlin College, OH

Chadiha, L., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Dunkle, R., & Balestrery, J. (in press). Forms and meanings of respect: Aging mothers and adult daughters with mental illness. Families in Society.

Hernandez, E., Spencer, B., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Faber, A., & Ewert, A. (in press). “We are a team”: Couple identity and memory loss. Dementia.

Dunkle, R., Ingersoll-Dayton, B. & Chadiha, L. (in press). Support in three generation families in the face of mental illness. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Park, S. Smith, J., Dunkle, R. E., Antonucci, T. C., & Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (in press). Health and social-physical environment profiles among older adults living alone: Associations with depressive symptoms. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B. Punpuing, S. Tangchonlatip, K., & Yakas, L. (2017). Pathways to grandparents’ provision of care in skipped generation households in Thailand. Aging and Society.

Weiss, D., Northouse, L., Duffy, S., & Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Katapodi, M., & LoRusso, P. M. (2016). Qualitative analysis of the experience of mental fatigue of family caregivers of cancer patients on phase 1 trials. Oncology Health Forum, 43(4).

Balestrery, J., Chadiha, L. A., Dunkle, R. E., & Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (2015). The social relationships and support of aging mothers whose daughters are mentally ill. Journal of Family Social Work, 18(2), 123-140.

Dunkle, R. E., Ingersoll-Dayton, B. & Chadiha, L. A. (2015). Support for and from aging mothers whose daughters are seriously mentally ill. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 58(6), 590-612.

Ford, B., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Burgio, K. (2015). Care transition experiences of older veterans and their caregivers. Health and Social Work, 41(2), 129-138.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (2015). The development of culturally sensitive measures for research on ageing. In M. Cutchin, C. Kemp, & V. Marshall (Eds.), Researching Social Gerontology. Sage Publications.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Spencer, B., Campbell, R., & Ito, M. (2014). Creating a duet: The couples life story approach in the United States and Japan. Dementia.

Scherrer, K., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Spencer, B. (2014). Constructing couples' stories: Narrative practice insights from a dyadic dementia intervention. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42(1), 90-100.

Foulk, M. A., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Kavanagh, J., Robinson, E., & Kales, H. C. (2014). Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with older adults: An exploratory study. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(5), 498-520.

Kwak, M. Ingersoll-Dayton, B. & Burgard, S. (2014). The receipt of care and depressive symptoms in later life: The importance of self-perceptions of aging. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 69(2).

Torges, C., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Krause, N. (2013). Forgiving and feeling forgiven in late adulthood. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76(1), 29-54.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Spencer, B., Kwak, M., Scherrer, K., Allen, R., & Campbell, R. (2013). The couples life story approach: a dyadic intervention for dimentia. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(3), 237-254.

Kim, J., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Kwak, M. (2013). Balancing eldercare and employment: The role of work interruptions and supportive employers. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32(3), 347-369.

Kwak, M., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Kim, J. (2012). Family conflict from the perspective of adult child caregivers: The influence of gender. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 29(4), 470-487.

Thanakwang, K., Ingersoll-Dayton, B., & Soonthorndhana, K. (2012). The relationships among family, friends, and psychological well-being for Thai elderly. Aging and Mental Health, doi: 10.1080/13607863.2012.692762.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Dunkle, R. E., Chadiha, L. A., Lawrence-Jacobson, A., Li, L., & Weir, E. (2011). Intergenerational ambivalence: Aging mothers whose adult daughters are mentally ill. Families in Society, 92(1), 114-119.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (2011). The development of culturally sensitive measures for research on ageing. Ageing and Society, 31(3), 355-370.

Ha, J., & Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (2011). Moderators in the relationship between social contact and psychological distress among widowed adults. Aging and Mental Health, 15(3), 354-363.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (2011). The development of culturally sensitive measures for research on aging. Reprinted in M. Cutchin, C. Kemp, & V. Marshall (Eds.), Researching Social Gerontology, Vol31, 355-370. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Torges, C., & Krause, N. (2010). Unforgiveness, rumination, and depressive symptoms among older adults. Aging and Mental Health, 14(4), 439-449.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Campbell, R., & Ha, J. (2009). Enhancing forgiveness: A group intervention for the elderly. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52(1), 2-16.

Ha, J., & Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (2008). The effect of widowhood on intergenerational ambivalence. Journal of Gerontology, 63B(1), S49-S58.

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