Department of Sociology, Rutgers
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Dawne M. Mouzon (Ph.D., Rutgers University, 2010) is a sociologist and Associate Professor, Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Her research focuses on the “Black-White paradox in mental health,” or the unexpected finding that Black Americans typically exhibit better mental health outcomes than Whites despite their lower socioeconomic standing and greater exposure to discrimination. She was written papers exploring whether social relationships (family, friends, fictive kin, church members) and religious involvement can explain the Black-White paradox in mental health. Dr. Mouzon’s current research projects include a mixed-method, primary data collection effort to examine how the marriage squeeze squeeze (a relative dearth of suitable romantic partners) affects alternative family formations of Black middle-class women, particularly as it pertains to their companionship needs, childbearing choices, and mental health. Dr. Mouzon is also engaged in ongoing projects examining men’s mental health, the roles of “culture” and structure in determining the racial divide in marriage and divorce rates, and the impact of goal-striving stress on the mental health of upwardly mobile African Americans and Afro-Caribbeans.