College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Applied Human Sciences

Elaine M. Eshbaugh (Henninger)

School of Applied Human Sciences
Faculty - Associate Professor of Gerontology & Davis Professorship of Gerontology


Family Studies & Gerontology


BA Psychology (Family Studies minor)--University of Northern Iowa 2000; MS Human Development & Family Studies--Iowa State University 2002;PhD Human Development & Family Studies (Statistics minor)--Iowa State University 2005; Research post-doc University of Kansas 2005-2006

Research Interests

Depression and loneliness across the lifespan (esp. women); Older women who live alone; Predictors of student interest in gerontology; Family and caregiver knowledge of Alzheimer's disease

Selected Publications

 Eshbaugh, E. M., & Henninger, W. R. (In press). Potential mediators of the relationship between gender and death anxiety. Individual Differences Research.


Eshbaugh, E. M., Gross, P., Hillebrand, K.*, Davie, J.*, & Henninger, W. R. (2012). Promoting careers in gerontology to students: What are undergraduates seeking in a career? Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.


Peterson, C. A., Wall, S., Jeon, H. J., Swanson, M., Carta, J. J., Luze, G. J., & Eshbaugh, E. (2011). Children living in poverty: Identification of disabilities and service receipt during preschool. The Journal of Special Education.


Eshbaugh. E. M., Peterson, C. A., Wall, S., Carta, J. J., Luze, G., Swanson, M., & Heon, H. J. (2011). The impact of children’s disabilities, suspected delays, and biological risks on low-income parents’ warmth and parent-child activities. Infant and Child Development, 20, 509-524.


Gross, P. E., & Eshbaugh, E. M. (2011). Tuning them in vs. turning them on: How do we interest students in working with older adults? Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 32, 122-134.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2011). College students’ positivity toward teen mothers. Journal of Family Social Work, 14, 237-246.


Jeon, H. J., Peterson, C., Wall, S., Carta, J. C., Luze, G. L., Swanson, M., & Eshbaugh, E. M. (2011). Predicting school readiness at kindergarten entry for low-income children with additional disability risks before age 3. Exceptional Children, 77(4), 435-452.


Eshbaugh, E. M., Somervill, J. W., Kotek, J. H., Perez, E., Nalan, K. R., Wilson, C. E., & Bullis, Q. T. (2011). Presence of a dog, pet attachment, and loneliness among elders. North American Journal of Psychology, 13, 1-4.


Eshbaugh, E. M., Gross, P., & Satrom, T.* (2010). Predictors of self-reported likelihood of working with older adults. Educational Gerontology, 3, 312-329.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2010). Friend and family support as moderators of the effects of low romantic partner support on loneliness among college women. Individual Differences Research, 8, 8-16.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2010). Brief report: Does mastery buffer the impact of stress on depression among low-income mothers? Journal of Poverty, 10, 237-244.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2009). Socioeconomic predictors of mastery among mothers in poverty. Journal of Poverty, 13, 426-440.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2009). The role of friends in predicting loneliness in older adult women living alone. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 35, 13-16.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2008). Factors that predict self-perceived problem drinking among college students.  Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 52, 72-83.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2008). Sexuality-related outcomes of adolescent children of teen mothers. Journal of Family Social Work, 11, 373-388.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2008). Brief report: Gender, social support, and loneliness among college students. Journal of College and University Student Housing, 35, 24-33.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2008). Perceptions of living alone among older adult women.  Journal of Community Health Nursing, 25, 125-137.


Gute, G., Eshbaugh, E., & Wiersma, J. (2008). Sex for you, but not for me: Double standards in undergraduate emerging adults’ definitions of ‘sex.’ Journal of Sex Research, 45, 329-337.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2008). Maternal age and depressive symptoms in a low-income sample. Journal of Community Psychology, 36, 399-409.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2008). Teen mothers: Marriage, cohabitation, and educational achievement. Journal of Family Social Work, 11, 3-16.


Eshbaugh, E. M., & Gute, G. (2008). Hookups and sexual regret among college women. Journal of Social Psychology, 148, 77-89.


Gute, G., & Eshbaugh, E. (2008). Personality as a predictor of hooking up among college students. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 25, 26-43.


 Peterson, C. A., Luze, G. L., Eshbaugh, E. M., Hyun-Joo, J., & Kantz, K. R. (2007). Enhancing parent-child interactions through home visiting: Promising practice or unfulfilled promise? Journal of Early Intervention, 29, 119-135.


Eshbaugh, E. M., & Luze, G. J. (2007). Adolescent and adult low-income mothers: How do needs and resources differ? Journal of Community Psychology, 35, 1037-1052.


Eshbaugh, E. M. (2006). Predictors of depressive symptomology among low-income adolescent mothers. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 9, 339-342.


Eshbaugh, E. M., Lempers, J., & Luze, G. J. (2006). Objective and self-perceived resources as predictors of depression among urban and non-urban adolescent mothers. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35, 839-847.


Courses Taught

Families and Aging; Psychology of Aging; Research Methods in Family Science; Families, Alzheimer's, & Related Dementias; Internship in Gerontology


Latham 241