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Benson, Jacquelyn
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University of Missouri
314 Gentry Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

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Gerontology Online Master's Degree - Instructor, Advisor


As a family gerontologist, Jacquelyn Benson's program of research has a translation focus aimed at enhancing the lives of older adults and their families. Benson studies the reciprocal associations between older adults' close relationships and their well-being, and she translates this research-based knowledge into interventions, programs and other strategies for healthy aging. She is specifically interested in examining intimate relationships in later life and the family caregiving experience. Based on life-course framework and family systems perspectives, she attributes healthy aging to interactions between individual development, social relationships, and environments.


Ph.D. in Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri, 2013
M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 2008
B.E.S. in Human Services, University of Missouri, 2004
B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri, 2004